May 16, 2017

The City of Wilkes-Barre is currently exploring numerous ways to improve its current financial situation.

In addition to seeking state and federal financial aid and reducing its operational costs, the City is respectfully requesting its non-profit community partners to consider making contributions through the City’s PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) Program. The PILOT Program helps to offset the cost of services provided to its community partners.

These services include Police and Fire/EMS, who respond to emergencies and put their lives on the line every day for residents and visitors alike. Other City departments also help to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents and visitors. Department of Public Works crews salt and plow city streets during the winter and maintain the city roads and other public places all year long. The Health Department ensures that our residents have access to disease prevention and our Code Enforcement Office administers the City Code as it relates to both commercial and residential properties. Other departments, like the Office of Community & Economic Development, help residents most in need through public facilities improvements and emergency housing programs.

Wilkes-Barre is fortunate to have many top notch nonprofit organizations which promote humanitarianism, faith, education and the arts and that provide services and representation to underserved populations. With help from its non-profit community partners, Wilkes-Barre can continue to be a healthy, productive city that has the capability to properly serve its residents and visitors.

Non-profit community partners should expect to receive a letter regarding the PILOT program over the next two weeks. For more information about PILOT contributions, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 570.208.4158.