Municipality of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Municipality of Kingston 2-1-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 111-1 Title.

This program shall be known and identified as the "Kingston Home Buyers' Incentive Program."

§ 111-2 Definitions.

Unless it appears from the context that a different meaning is intended, the following words shall have the following meanings in this chapter:
BUYER
A person or persons listed as grantee in a deed of conveyance of residential real estate with fair market consideration identified therein and transfer tax paid thereon and, furthermore, also actually residing in the acquired single-family home or within one unit of an acquired multifamily unit.
KINGSTON MUNICIPAL POOL
A swimming facility owned by the Municipality of Kingston located at Lathrop Street and Hamilton Avenue in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
KINGSTON RECREATION CENTER
A recreational facility owned by the Municipality of Kingston located at Third Avenue, Kingston, Pennsylvania.
MUNICIPALITY
The Municipality of Kingston, a home rule government of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
PROGRAM
The Kingston Home Buyers' Incentive Program.
RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE
Real property consisting of a single-family home or a multifamily dwelling.

§ 111-3 Effective date.

The program shall have an effective commencement date of March 15, 1999.

§ 111-4 Duration.

The duration of this program is for three years from its effective date unless terminated sooner by action of the municipality.

§ 111-5 Funding.

The amount of the funding to be provided by this program in each fiscal year shall be as allocated and provided by the municipality by budgetary ordinance. By March 15 of each year that this program is in effect, the Mayor shall advise the members of Council of how much of this funding is to be allocated to the following categories of this program: advertising and promotion; monetary incentives; and recreation center and pool membership. This program shall not be construed to vest any rights in prospective buyers in excess of those allocations made by the municipality.

§ 111-6 Benefits.

[Amended 12-4-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-9]
The program will provide the following benefits to buyers of residential housing within the Municipality of Kingston:
A. 
One family membership for a period of one year to the Kingston Recreation Center.
B. 
One family membership for one season to the Kingston Municipal Swimming Pool.

§ 111-7 Terms of membership.

[Amended 12-4-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-9]
The aforementioned home buyer benefits are provided subject to the following terms and conditions:
A. 
Recreation center membership.
(1) 
Only an individual or individuals are eligible for this benefit. Individuals not actually living in the property, business partnerships, corporations and other such entities are not eligible.
(2) 
Where more than one owner is set forth in the deed, only the individual actually residing in the premises is eligible for the benefit. If this person or these persons have children, a family membership shall be provided.
(3) 
The rules, regulations and conditions of a membership in the Kingston Recreation Center bind the recipient or recipients of this membership. This membership may be revoked upon the same conditions and terms of other memberships in the Kingston Recreation Center.
B. 
Municipal pool membership.
(1) 
Only an individual or individuals are eligible for this benefit. Individuals not actually living in the property, business partnerships, corporations and other such entities are not eligible.
(2) 
Where more than one owner is set forth in the deed, only the individuals actually residing in the premises are eligible for the benefit. If this person or these persons have children, a family membership shall be provided.
(3) 
The rules, regulations and conditions of a membership in the Kingston Municipal Pool bind the recipient or recipients of this membership. This membership may be revoked upon the same conditions and terms of other memberships in the Kingston Municipal Pool.
(4) 
This incentive program provides only one season's membership. For those individuals with deeds recorded during the operating season of the swimming pool, the recipients must elect whether they wish to avail themselves of a membership for the current season or await the next full operating season.

§ 111-8 Requests for benefits; precertification.

A. 
Those individuals who wish to avail themselves of this program must submit a request, in writing, to the Municipal Secretary or Administrator within 30 days of recordation of their title deed. Requests for benefits shall be considered in the order in which application is made. The municipality shall not be responsible for payments of benefits under this program in excess of the funding made by the municipality and the allocations of said funding by the Administration. The Municipal Administrator and/or Secretary are hereby authorized to promulgate forms and additional procedures to effectuate this program.
B. 
Precertification of eligibility for the program may be accomplished by a prospective home purchaser upon submission of a certification of need to the Municipal Administrator stating good and compelling reasons for such precertification. The Administrator may, upon good cause shown, precertify a home buyer for the program for a period of no more than four months.

§ 111-9 nPromotion of program.

The administration of the Municipality of Kingston, in furtherance of this program, may engage in publicity and other forms of promotion of the Municipality of Kingston and is authorized to make expenditures to effectuate these objectives.