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--- Issued December 21, 2009

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie continues to do its part to help the City of Erie address its financial issues.
The Housing Authority has presented Erie Mayor Joseph Sinnott with a $64,452.12 check as Payment In Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.O.T.).

This amount represents the city’s share of the Authority’s 2009 Payment in Lieu of Taxes.

In 2009, the Authority also paid the City $467,931 to support various services and functions, ranging from $400,000 for the C.O.P.P.S. supplementary police patrols in public housing, $62,931 for systematic code enforcement around public housing neighborhoods, and $5,000 for Celebrate Erie and the Farmers Market.

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

County Executive Mark DiVecchio received a P.I.L.O.T. check for $25,339.13. This is in addition to the 2009 Authority-funded county services costing $111,202, including adult and juvenile probation officers, and the Erie County Library.

James Barker, Superintendent of Erie School District received a check for $80,692.96. The Authority expended another $803,693 in 2009, 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 in paying our share to support governing bodies’ services and functions that benefit our residents and, indirectly, the entire community,” said John Horan, executive director of the Housing Authority of the City of Erie.

“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 $170,484.21 the Authority has paid a total of $6,475,830 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 through its various housing programs.

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