Senior Citizen Services

The Flivver — The Senior Citizen Bus

The Flivver operates Monday through Friday, 9:30AM until 3:30PM, and Sundays for worship services only. Service is suspended on major holidays. During operating hours riders may call the Flivver driver at 412-519-3955 to schedule a pick up..

The Senior Citizen Bus, the “Flivver,” has served seniors and handicapped citizens of Forest Hills since 1974. Drivers and Board members are volunteers, contributing their time as a community service. A charter from the State of Pennsylvania permits operation only within the Borough. There is no age limit for the physically handicapped, but seniors should be 55 years of age or older.

The Flivver service relies on contributions to offset costs (send contributions in care of Forest Hills Community Service, 2071 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221). The Flivver is staffed by volunteers (drivers must be 25 years of age or older with a current driver’s license) and new drivers are always needed. Contact Forest Hills Community Service via the borough office at 412-351-7330 for information on how you can help.

 

Eastern Area Adult Services

Eastern Area Adult Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization committed to serving older adults and their families, supporting their capacity to maintain independence and wellness in homes and communities by providing quality information and services that address their changing needs. More information can be found at their website http://www.eaas.net

 

Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief and Discount Trash Fee

Under Ordinance 977 the Borough of Forest Hills has amended the process that senior citizens must follow to obtain a 10% discount on their borough real estate taxes and a discount on their trash fee. Guidelines and regulations are as follows:

Forest Hills no longer requires seniors to submit an application to the borough for eligibility. All seniors interested in applying for the program instead must apply to Allegheny County and meet its requirements for their tax relief program.

Seniors may contact the county Treasurer’s office at (412) 350-4100 or Toll Free 1-866-282-8297 for information or to obtain an application. Click here for the Senior Property Tax Relief link to find information on the county program and download a copy of the application.

All applications must be submitted directly to Allegheny County and not the borough office

Seniors who previously applied for the borough’s program and were considered eligible must now submit an application to the county (in most cases, qualifying seniors have already completed this application since the requirements for the county program are the same as the requirements featured in the old borough program).

Qualifying seniors will no longer have to wait for a 10% tax refund under the new ordinance. Seniors who qualify will have their tax rates adjusted on their borough tax bill provided they pay at discount or face value.

Seniors who qualify are also eligible for the discounted trash fee which will now be billed quarterly at the same time the sewer bill is issued. The discounted rate will automatically appear on the bills that qualifying seniors receive. Separate information on trash fee billing can be found by contacting the borough office at 412-351-7330..

Seniors who first apply for the real estate tax discount during the current year may be required to pay their full tax amount at discount or face and receive a rebate once we are notified that the application has been approved by the county.

Seniors who first apply for the real estate tax discount during the current year may be required to pay their trash fee based on the full amount as divided into four equal quarterly installments pending approval of their application. A qualifying senior citizen will receive an adjustment on their quarterly trash bill once his or her application under Ordinance No. 907, as amended by Ordinance 977, is approved by the county and we are so notified.

Once a senior is eligible for the county program he or she will automatically qualify for discounts in future years provided county eligibility is maintained. No further applications will be required unless the county changes its procedures.