McKeesport, May 31, 2012 – State Senator Jim Brewster today reminded people that he and his local staff stand ready to help people apply for the 2011 state Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program — for free.

Brewster said some businesses have solicited by mail that they will help seniors apply for the Lottery-funded property tax/rent rebate program – at a charge of up to $50.

“While these businesses can legally charge people to help them apply for a rebate, I want to remind seniors and others that there is no need to pay for such a service because my staff and I stand ready to provide that help for free,” Brewster said.

The Property Tax and Rent Rebate program benefits Pennsylvanians who are 65 years old and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

Brewster said he and his local district office staff can help constituents determine if they are eligible, and assist them in completing and filing their rebate application.  For assistance or to obtain an application, contact any of the Senator’s District Offices:

  • One Monroeville Center, 3824 Northern Pike, Suite 350, Monroeville  (412) 380-2242;
  • 201 Lysle Blvd., Suite 100, McKeesport (412) 664-5200; and
  • New Kensington City Hall, 301 11th Street., Suite L (724) 334-1143

Forms can also be found on line at or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

“Again, I urge local seniors to not pay for something they can readily get for free,” Brewster said.

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