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Neil Armstrong School Recognized By Commissioners

The Lackawanna County Commissioners presented a Certificate of Recognition to the staff and students at Neil Armstrong School in Scranton for their support of Law Enforcement Awareness Day. This event honors the dedication and commitment of public safety personnel in their mission to protect and defend the residents of both the City of Scranton and Lackawanna County.

L-r, Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, Dan Gilroy, school principal; Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, and Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano.

Howard McIntosh To Assist Aging Department Clients

Howard McIntosh, a staff member of Telespond, is serving as a contracted referral resource for the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging Department.

As an Outreach Services Consultant, Mr. McIntosh is charged with assisting our elderly population with completing forms for rent rebate, PACE and LIHEAP and providing information on human services programs that they can capitalize on.

Mr. McIntosh will be visiting area senior and community residential centers to offer a variety of assistance. He will also be available to make private home visits, upon request.

At the conclusion of the rent rebate season, Howard will still continue his rotation to the centers.

Howard’s February-April schedule is posted on the Aging page on the County’s website www.lackawannacounty.org.

For additional information or the various services available to the elderly, contact the AreaAgency on Aging at 570-963-6740.

PENNSYLANIA PROPERTY TAX AND RENT REBATE PROGRAM-PA-1000

We will be doing rent rebates for the next few months. This program runs from approximately mid-February through the month of June. It has been extended to December every year for the past eight years but there is no guarantee of that, so it is good to get your application in the mail before the end of June.

In order to file the application for rent rebate you must have your rent certificate filled out by your landlord. If, for some reason, the landlord refuses to fill out the application, we need to file an affidavit telling the Department of Revenue why you think the landlord refused. Your signature on the affidavit has to be notarized. In addition to the certificate, you need proof of all income from 2015. This includes social security, wages, Railroad retirement, dividends, interest, lottery winnings and so on. We cannot do our portion of the application without this information.

For homeowners, instead of the rent certificate you will need copies of paid property tax receipts for the tax year 2015. Your taxes must be paid up to date in order to file for a rebate. In addition, you will need all of the same income documents as previously described.

Other requirements for filing for rebates in this program are:

  1. 65 or older on December 31, 2015 or
  2. Married to someone 65 or older on December 31, 2015 or
  3. A widow or widower during all or part of 2015 and were age 50 or older on Dec 31, 2015 or
  4. Permanently disabled receiving SSI payments.

Income requirements are:

  1. Renters $15,000 or less with only 50% of Social Security or Railroad retirement income counted
  2. Homeowners $35,000 or less per year
  3. The income amounts are for household annual income