Martin Proposes Relief for Local Taxpayers Affected by Coronavirus Emergency

HARRISBURG – Senator Scott Martin (R-13) will introduce legislation to help provide relief to local taxpayers and give greater flexibility to county and municipal governments during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Martin’s bill would give local governments the authority to extend their property tax discount periods and base periods. The bill would also allow county and municipal governments to remove penalties for payments through December 31, 2020. 

“Many local families are facing massive challenges that were unimaginable just a few short weeks ago,” said Martin, who serves as Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee. “We need to tap every resource to give them relief during these deeply uncertain times.” 

Upset Tax Sales and Judicial Tax Sales could also be canceled in each county under Martin’s legislation. 

Senator Martin credited his wife, Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Martin, for helping to identify these ways the General Assembly can assist local governments in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and to assist their communities’ families.

CONTACT:   Terry Trego (717) 787-6535

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