NEWS RELEASE

December 18, 2019

Housing Authority Makes Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Payment to the City of Erie, Erie County and the Erie School District

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie is distributing, Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the three taxing bodies the City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District.

The Housing Authority Board approved the three payments on November 25. December is the month in which PILOT checks are traditionally distributed.

The total of these 2019 PILOT payments is $382,162.63, which is the highest amount ever paid by the Housing Authority to the three local taxing bodies.

The amount payable to the City is $140,496.06
The School District's share is $181,011.27
The County's share is $60,655.30

"We are pleased to be able to contribute to the three taxing bodies," said Michael R. Fraley, executive director of the Authority. Providing financial support to our local governing bodies is the right thing to do even though we are tax exempt.

The Housing Authority is, by state law, exempt from payment of real estate taxes, however, we make these voluntary payments to the taxing bodies for the services they provide to public housing residents," he said. We are limited by federal law as to the amount of the PILOT payments. However, we always pay the maximum amount permitted.

The two main factors that determine the amount of the PILOT are high occupancy resulting in high rental income and the reduction in utility costs.

Each year, since 1941, the Authority has provided voluntary PILOT payments to the City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District. Counting this year's contribution of $382,162.63, the Authority has paid a total of $9,570,001 in lieu of real estate taxes since 1941.

In addition to PILOT payments, the Housing Authority has funded partnership agreements with the City of Erie to provide Community Policing throughout public housing and to support summer recreation activities benefiting our residents. The Housing Authority also has funded partnership agreements with Erie County Government to provide Adult and Juvenile Probation services and on-site programs with the Erie County Library.

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie exists to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for lower-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities, and to foster among the residents served by the Authority economic self-sufficiency and a sense of community and pride in the neighborhoods where they reside.

The Authority owns and manages 2,186 quality housing units in the City of Erie for low- and moderate-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

In total, the Authority provides affordable housing to nearly 8,000 Erie citizens through its various housing programs.