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Dear Constituent, Sen. Farnese

The Pennsylvania legislature continues to be hard at work crafting the commonwealth’s new state budget. And, over the next few weeks, leading up to the June 30th deadline, my fellow senators and I will be fighting to make sure we have a budget that funds the right priorities: education, community investments, job creation, and pensions, to name a few. As always, I’ll keep you informed about how things are going.

Today, I’d like to tell you about:

  • Extended property tax/rent rebate deadlines;
  • Fun and free things to do in Philadelphia;
  • Philadelphia’s new floating park; and
  • Peace Day.

I hope you have a good week and if there is ever anything I can do to help, please call my district office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All my best, 
Sen. Larry Farnese

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

Tax formThe filing deadline for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended to Dec. 31. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Remember to exclude half of your Social Security income when you are calculating your eligibility. The maximum standard rebate is $650 but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost some rebates to $975.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information are available at, by calling 1-888-222-9190 or visiting my district office.

Independence HallFree Summer Fun

Now is a good time to visit Philadelphia’s attractions. Many of them, including Independence Hall, the President’s House, Fireman’s Hall Museum, Edgar Allen Poe’s House, the U.S. Mint and more, are free. For more information, click here to find a full list of free Philadelphia fun opportunities.

Spruce Street Harbor ParkComing Soon: Spruce Street Harbor Park

Tree Philly Tree Philly On June 27, the City of Philadelphia will have a unique, floating park for you to visit. The Spruce Street Harbor Park, at 401 S. Columbus Blvd. and Spruce Street, will include a pop-up restaurant, hammock lounge, fire pits, boardwalk, and urban beach. The park will be open to the public from June 27 through Aug. 31 and might just be one of the coolest places to visit this summer. For more information visit:

PeaceDayPhilly Peace Day Philly 2013 Peace Day in Philadelphia

Peace Day, which is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, will once again be observed worldwide and in Philadelphia on Sept. 21. This year’s celebration is themed, Right of Peoples to Peace. The day provides an opportunity to not only lift up the ideals of peace but to bring peace to our city and neighborhoods. For more information about the celebration, visit:

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
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