Culver’s Legislation to Ease Local Real Estate Taxes for Fall 2011 Flood Victims Passes House
HARRISBURG – To help Pennsylvania regions that were flood-stricken last fall, Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) sponsored legislation that was considered as part of the Flood Relief and Flood Control Package, which consists of several bills, and is intended to assist residents and communities affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Culver’s House Bill 1913 focuses on local real estate abatement, and would allow local governments and school districts to lessen real estate taxes for properties damaged as a result of Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. The amount in any real estate tax decrease would be in direct proportion to the property that was damaged by the flood.

“I’m glad that this flood relief package finally made it to the House floor for discussion,” said Culver. “I saw the damage firsthand, which not only included physical property damage, but the destruction that many local residents and businesses underwent during the time of the flooding. My legislation will help those who suffered from property damage as a result of the flooding.”

Local taxing authorities will be left to decide the impact on any impact on local real estate via the adoption of an ordinance or resolution providing for the abatement or exemption. Therefore, no adverse fiscal impact will take effect on Commonwealth funds as a result of this legislation.

“Unfortunately nothing can prevent natural disasters from occurring; however, as legislators it is our duty to help residents rebuild and move on from such disasters, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” said Culver.

House Bill 1913 has been sent to the Senate for consideration. For more information on Culver’s legislation, contact her Sunbury office at (570) 286-5885. Any state legislation can be tracked by visiting, and clicking on the red “Research Bills” tab on the left-side navigation bar.

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver
108th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
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