Application forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2019. More than half a million seniors and people with disabilities save by receiving a rebate through the program. Applicants can obtain forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website, or by calling 1-888-222-9190. It is free to apply. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30th.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful have released the results of the first statewide comprehensive research on litter. The research includes the cost of cleaning it up, along with the formation of a workgroup to shift Pennsylvania’s strategy from cleanup to prevention. Field research indicates more than 502 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania’s roads. The most common items are cigarette butts (37 percent) and plastics (30 percent), with plastic film and beverage containers most prevalent. There are an estimated 29.3 million beverage containers along Commonwealth roads. Motorists and pedestrians are the leading sources of litter, followed by improperly secured truck loads. PennDOT spends upwards of $13 million per year on staff and resources to pick up litter along state-owned roadways.