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Erie's Housing Authority Increases PILOT Payments

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The city of Erie gets a big helping hand from The Housing Authority of the city of Erie.

The authority's Director, John Horan, handed Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott a check for $116,046 Thursday morning.
It's payment in lieu of taxes, part of the PILOT program. Housing Authority property is tax exempt, but the authority makes the payment each year.
Even with a down economy, this is the largest amount ever given. Horan says while federal and state dollars are down they saved a lot of money on utilities, partly because of modernizing their housing with energy efficient furnaces.
Horan says lower utility bills and high occupancy are the reasons why they're able to give more.

"We thank John Horan, and all of the folks at the Erie Housing Authority for continuing to be a great partner for the city and working with us on the various programs, but also for the continued PILOT payments as well," said Sinnott.
"Its' our way of letting the city know that we appreciate all the services that the city provides to our residents," said Horan. "We have about 7,000 citizens in the city of Erie .. they do a great job."

And the donation to the city of Erie wasn't all the Housing Authority distributed Thursday. They donated a total of $332,304 in lieu of taxes to the three taxing bodies. They gave the Erie School district $169,295, and $46,963 to the county.

Also this year, the Housing authority paid the city $462,921 to support various services and functions such as the C.O.P.P.S. Supplementary police patrols in public housing.

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