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Plum officials approve PILOT agreement for senior living complex

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Plum council cleared a hurdle for tenants of Plum Creek Acres to seek assistance through the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Borough officials unanimously approved a PILOT agreement - payment in lieu of taxes - with the housing complex.

The 36-unit facility next to the Plum Community Center along Center New Texas Road is owned by Plum Presbyterian Senior Housing Inc. and manged by the Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. All units are occupied. All residents are either 62 years old or older or at least 18 years old with mobility impairments, said Senior Communications Director Lisa Fischetti.

Renters pay 30 percent of their adjustable gross income. The rebate program allows them to pay less.

“It gives them…another funding source so they’re paying less money out of pocket,” Fischetti said.

She said part of the program’s criteria is that applicants live in a place that pays taxes or makes payments in lieu of taxes. Plum Creek Acres is tax-exempt.

Borough Manager Mike Thomas said the deal is for $5,000 for five years, and it is the first PILOT agreement he can recall in 14 years working for the borough.

“We do not have a lot of tax-exempt properties,” he said.

The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.

The program is funded through the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.

Older and disabled adults have received more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief since the program’s 1971 inception.

More information about the rebate program is available online at bit.ly/2HqUH7f.

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