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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

I will be sending out periodic Enewsletters to keep you informed about legislative action in Harrisburg and local items of interest. I hope that you find this information useful and share it with others.

If you find this e-newsletter useful, I invite you to visit my website www.senatorkillion.com for more information about your state government. If you do not wish to receive these e-newsletters, please click the "unsubscribe" button at the bottom of the page.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to express your views or to receive assistance with any issue or problem pertaining to state government.

Sincerely,

Tom Killion


Senator Killion Requests Policy Committee Water Front Tax Credit Hearing at Talen Energy Stadium

On Thursday, September 15th, I requested a Senate Policy hearing at the Talen Energy Stadium in Chester City with Senate Majority Policy Chairman, Senator Dave Argall. At this hearing we were able to gather testimony from stakeholders engaged in water-front development, so that we as legislators could better understand how the tax credit could best be used in our region. This comes after the recently enacted waterfront development tax credit, which was included in Act 84 of 2016. It is my hope that with this tax credit we will be able to revitalize the beautiful water front that we have in Delaware County.


Guidelines Released for Upcoming PA Tax Amnesty Program

Guidelines outlining an upcoming tax amnesty program for Pennsylvania residents have been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

I supported the amnesty program, which was included in the 2016-17 budget package signed into law over the summer.

Tax amnesty is not a forgiveness of debt but a reduction in fines to encourage the payment of back taxes. Many of the tax dollars would otherwise go uncollected so this program is intended to bring in revenue that could have been lost by the state.  The amnesty plan is forecasted to raise more than $100 million in new revenue.

The amnesty program period begins April 21, 2017, and ends on June 19, 2017. All taxes owed to the Commonwealth administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible. Taxes, interest and penalties collected under the International Fuel Tax Agreement owed to other states or provinces are not eligible.

The amnesty program applies where a known or unknown delinquency existed as of December 31, 2015. Individuals who took advantage of a similar amnesty program offered in 2010 are not eligible to participate.

For more information and complete program guidelines, click here


Significant Change in Application Timeline for Financial Aid

This past week PHEAA announced that starting the 2017-2018 school year student aid applications will be accepted 3 months earlier than previously done. The FAFSA application process for the 2017-2018 college school year would begin October 1, 2016 rather than January 1st.

This change was made by the United States Department of Education so that the timeline for the application would better align with college admission, which typically happens earlier than January. There has also been some other modifications to the application such as being able to use more readily available financial information rather than having to estimate tax information and wage statements from the tax year that had just recently ended.

For more information please visit PHEAA.org


Drought Declared in Chester & Delaware Counties

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has issued a drought warning for Chester & Delaware Counties. Currently, more than half of the counties in Pennsylvania are under such a warning.

During a drought warning, residents are asked to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 5 percent. DEP recommends the following ways to reduce water use:

  • Run water only when necessary. Avoid running the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving, or letting the shower run for several minutes before use.
  • Check for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day!
  • Run dishwashers and washing machines only with full loads.
  • Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy.
  • Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

DEP also offers other water conservation recommendations and water audit procedures for commercial and industrial users, such as food processors, hotels and educational institutions. These recommendations and additional drought monitoring information are available by clicking here or visiting DEP’s website, dep.pa.gov/drought.


Upcoming Events Hosted By Senator Killion

This Weekend
Senator Killion’s Kids Expo
Saturday, September 17, 2016 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This free event will feature a wide variety of exhibitors offering information on state and county programs of interest to children and parents. Entertainment and free refreshments will also be offered.

CoStars Workshops for Small Business Owners to Be Held in October

I am joining with Senator Tom McGarrigle (R-26) to sponsor two COSTARS Workshops on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The first workshop will be at 10 a.m. and will be hosted by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, located at 1600 Paoli Pike in Malvern. A second event at 1:30 p.m. will be held at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, located at 1001 Baltimore Pike, Suite 9 LL (lower level) in Springfield.

To register to attend, please call the Harrisburg Office at 717-787-4712 or toll free at 1-888-984-3478. You may also register online at www.SenatorKillion.com. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Senior Expo
Friday, October 21, 2016 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Penn State Brandywine 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA 19063 Please join me at this free event to learn more about state programs and services available to seniors. Free health screenings and refreshments will also be provided. More information to follow. 

Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Ceremony
Saturday, October 29, 2016 2:00 p.m.

This event will be held at the West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester, PA 19380. In order to attend this event and to be eligible to receive the commemorative pin, the recipient must be a United States Veteran who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 01, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of stationing location. To fully accommodate all who wish to attend, and ensure a sufficient quantity of the commemorative pins, we ask that you register for the event by using the form below. Questions regarding the event may be directed to to Courtney Eubanks in Senator Killion’s district office at 610-358-5183. Please register online at the following link http://www.senatorkillion.com/vietnam-veterans-50th/.


How We Can Help You

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Free notary service.
  • Assistance with preparations of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues.

Satellite Offices

Satellite offices have been set up to provide close-to-home services to area residents. The locations and hours are listed here:

Nether Providence Township Building
214 Sykes Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086
1st Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Edgmont Township Building
1000 Gradyville Road
Gradyville, PA 19039
2nd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Borough of Marcus Hook
10th and Green Streets
Marcus Hook, PA 19061
3rd Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Kennett Township Building
801 Burrows Run Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
4th Wednesday of each month
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Chester Township Municipal Building
1150 Engle Street
Chester, PA 19013
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


How to Contact Me

I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district office is located at 100 Evergreen Drive, Suite 113 in Glen Mills PA, 19342. The phone number is (610) 358-5183. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

100 Evergreen Drive
Suite 113
Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-358-5183
Fax: 610-358-5184

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