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June 24, 2010

Update on Franklin County Courthouse to be presented at Borough Council meeting



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An update on the Franklin County Courthouse project will be presented at the Borough Council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Monday. The public is invited to attend and comment.

The presentation is oriented on a "Downtown Development Solution," which will accommodate the current and future expansion needs of the courthouse and its judicial mission, according to Paul Cullinane Jr., president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc. Cullinane and Bernie Washabaugh II are on the agenda to present the topic to Borough Council.

The meeting will be held in Council Chambers on the second level of Borough Hall, 100 S. Second St. Cullinane and Washabaugh encourage those interested in the relocation of the courthouse to attend.

Pa. extends deadline to apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate program



HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The deadline to apply for the state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended until December 31 to give state residents more time to apply, according to state Sen. Richard Alloway II.

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The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program provides rebates on property taxes or rent paid by seniors and disabled individuals in 2009. To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements and be a Pennsylvania resident age 65 and older; a widow or widower age 50 and older; or a permanently disabled individual age 18 or older.

The program is available to homeowners with a household income of $35,000 or less and renters with a household income of $15,000 or less, excluding one-half of Social Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

The household income limits and maximum rebate amounts for homeowners are:

o $0 to $8,000: $650 rebate

o $8,001 to $15,000: $500 rebate

o $15,001 to $18,000: $300 rebate

o $18,001 to $35,000: $250 rebate

The household income limits and maximum rebate amounts for renters are:

o $0 to $8,000: $650 rebate

o$8,001 to $15,000: $500 rebate

Information and applications are available online through the state Department of Revenue's website, http://www.revenue.state.pa.us, or by calling toll-free 1-888-222-9190. Alloway said that district residents can also get more information and applications by calling his district offices in Chambersburg at 717-264-6100, Gettysburg at 717-334-4169 or Waynesboro at 717-762-9222.

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