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Robert Tommy Tomlinson
Reminder: Licenses Required for Dogs Three Months and Older
All dogs three months or older are required to be licensed each year. If you have not already renewed the license for your dog, you can do so by contacting your county treasurer or dog warden, or by calling the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement at 717-787-3062. Licenses are also available online at www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.
Property Tax Rent Rebate Forms Available Now
Applications for the state’s Property Tax Rent Rebate program are available now at my district offices in Richboro and Bensalem. The program provides rebates of up to $650 on property taxes or rent paid in 2018.
To be eligible, applicants must meet income requirements and be a Pennsylvania resident age 65 and older; a widow or widower age 50 or 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. Rebate amounts vary based on income.
I encourage you to contact me if you have questions about the program or need assistance in obtaining or completing an application. More information is available here.
Taxpayers Reminded to be Wary of Tax Season Scams
As millions of Pennsylvanians begin to file state and federal taxes, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is advising state residents to be aware of common schemes that criminals use to steal money and personal information.
Many scammers try to impersonate tax collectors over the phone and use high-pressure tactics to get money and financial information from taxpayers. Other schemes involve emails targeting tax professionals, payroll staff, human resources personnel and school administrators.
More information about how to avoid tax scams is available here.
REAL ID Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards Available This Month
State-issued driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be required to meet more stringent security standards beginning in October 2020 as part of the REAL ID law. After that time, current photo identification cards will not be accepted as valid identification for accessing federal facilities, including courthouses and prisons, and boarding commercial aircraft.
REAL ID is optional for state residents. New REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available for purchase beginning next month. More information on how to get a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card is available here.
State Law Requires Drivers to Clear Snow and Ice from Vehicles
Snow and ice left on top of vehicles can create a variety of hazards for motorists, including projectiles and reduced visibility for other drivers. State law requires drivers to clear snow and ice from their vehicles. Violators can face fines of up to $1,000 if their negligence leads to the death or seriously bodily injury of another motorists.
More information about the rules of the road is available here.
PennDOT Pothole Hotline Open
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) reminds motorists that they can report potholes and other roadway concerns on state roads by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or visiting www.penndot.gov and clicking on “Submit Roadway Feedback.”
A pothole develops when water seeps below the road through small cracks in the pavement surface. As the water repeatedly freezes and thaws due to temperature fluctuations, a cavity forms below the surface and larger cracks develop, which destroys the strength of the pavement.
Citizens are asked to be as specific as possible when reporting pothole locations or other maintenance concerns on state routes such as deer removal or signing issues. Citizens are asked to report the county, municipality, street name and route number, or the state route (SR) number that can be found on small black and white signs posted along state roadways. Citizens should also provide a description of any familiar landmarks that will help PennDOT locate the problem area.
Once notified, PennDOT will work expeditiously to address roadway concerns as weather permits.
The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles, or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report those types of incidents.
Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
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