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--- Issued December 18, 2006

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie is doing its part to ease the budget crisis for the City of Erie, which faces a tax increase and public safety personnel reduction in its 2007 budget.

On Monday, December 18, the Housing Authority of the City of Erie presented a check to Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott as a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.O.T.).
Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott Receives a check for $53,007 from John E. Horan, executive director of the Erie Housing Authority, and Agnes R. Priscaro, Board Chair of the Authority.  The check was accepted by Sinnot at a press conference in his office on Monday, December. 18.
Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott Receives a check for $53,007 from John E. Horan, executive director of the Erie Housing Authority, and Agnes R. Priscaro, Board Chair of the Authority. The check was accepted by Sinnot at a press conference in his office on Monday, December. 18.

The Authority delivered a check in the amount of $53,007 to Mayor Sinnott. This amount represents the city’s share of the Authority’s 2006 Payment in Lieu of Taxes.

Also in 2006, the Authority paid the City $448,772 to support various services and functions, ranging from $390,642 for the C.O.P.P.S. supplementary police patrol program, $48,930 for systematic code enforcement around public housing neighborhoods, and $9,200 for the youth swimming program at the City’s Rodger Young pool.

The Authority is also helping to soften the budget crunch for Erie County and for the City of Erie School District.

Erie County will receive its own P.I.L.O.T. check for $21,233.08. This is in addition to the 2006 Authority-funded county services costing $137,214, including adult and juvenile probation officers, and the Erie County Library.

The Erie School District will also receive a check for $73,229.89. The Authority expended another $774,186 in 2006, for education-related services for children and adults, including English-As-A-Second-Language, GED, basic education, and after-school and summer programs.

“We make P.I.L.O.T. payments every year to the three taxing bodies. We believe that this year, especially for the City of Erie, these payments are important,” said John Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie. “Also, we believe in paying our share to support governing bodies’ services and functions that benefit our residents and, indirectly, the entire community.”

“Although the Housing Authority is, by law, exempt from real estate taxes, we make these payments to the taxing bodies for the services they provide to public housing residents. Providing financial support to our local governing bodies is the right thing to do even though we are tax exempt,” Horan said.

“We are limited by federal law as to the amount of the P.I.L.O.T. payments. However, we always pay the maximum amount permitted, and we help in many other ways,” said Horan.

Each year, since 1941, the Authority has provided voluntary P.I.L.O.T. payments to the City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District. Counting this year’s contribution of $147,460, the Authority has paid a total of $5,912,543 in lieu of real estate taxes.

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 2,150 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 over 8,000 Erie citizens.

For more information, call John Horan at 452-2425.