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Dan Onorato appeared at a South Side senior center this morning stressing his commitment to devoting lottery proceeds to programs for older Pennsylvanians and promising to protect seniors from unreasonable property tax increases.

Mr. Onorato said the state needs to implement a uniform system of property tax assessments, but that do it in such a way that seniors are protected from hikes in municipal and school taxes due to reassessment.

“We’ve got to put protections in place, if I’m successful, we’ll deal with this issue,’’ he said, without specifying exactly how that would be accomplished.

Mr. Onoarto offered his proposals in a speech in the senior center in the South Side Market House.

“His speech was good.  I’m undecided, but he made a strong point on keeping the property tax down,’’ said Gerri Hancock, of Brentwood.

He got a still warmer reception from Mimi Fenicato, an Uptown resident who sat holding a string of rosary beads.

“I’ll vote for him.  He’s a gentle guy -- nice presentation,’’ said the 80-year-old Uptown resident.  “I pray for him.’’

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