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Perry Township learns Fayette assessors will be in area soon

Judy Kroeger
| Thursday, June 7, 2001 12:00 a.m

PERRYOPOLIS – Pat Hall of the Fayette County Tax Assessment Office informed supervisors at their Wednesday meeting that Cole-Layer-Trimble (CLT), the company hired by the county to gather data on Fayette’s 78,000 buildings, will begin visiting Perry Township the week of June 11 or June 18.

Each CLT employee has passed a police criminal background check and will carry photo identification, Hall explained. They will ask residents about the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, type of heating, age of the house, and other questions as part of the information-gathering phase of the countywide revaluation project begun last August.

Employees will also measure the outside of the house and other buildings on each property. On a separate day, other employees will take photographs of building exteriors.

Although residents do not have to let CLT employees in their homes, Hall said, ‘problems like mine subsidence, water damage, or anything that may affect the property value should be brought to their attention. We’re finding the majority of people want a fair and accurate tax assessment. The county has not evaluated all properties since 1958 and some people are paying too much property tax while others pay too little. The point of this project is to make it fair and equal for everyone, as accurate as can be, and to keep people informed all along the way.’

Verification letters will be sent to each property owner a few months after the data has been collected; the owner should check the letter for accuracy and return it to CLT with any changes.

In February or March 2002, property valuation notices will be mailed. New taxes will go into effect in January 2003. ‘Pennsylvania law requires that this revaluation project be revenue-neutral,’ Hall said. ‘Even if property values go up, the millage must go down in 2003. Municipalities are permitted no more than a 5 percent millage increase.’

In other business:

  • The water project on East Liberty has begun. The North Fayette Water Authority project is financed by a $10,000 grant.

  • Roadside mowing will continue throughout the summer, along with road patching and ditch cleaning.

  • Perry Township received approval of $5,000 for the $20,000 county liquid fuel application submitted in April.

  • Supervisor chairman Tom Pearson said that a letter was sent in January to the Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department requesting a required annual report for use of 2000 fire tax money. No report has been received and supervisors will make no further payments to the fire company for 2001 until the 2000 report is received. The township is currently holding $6,545.46 in fire taxes.

    ¥ Resident Vicki Muccioli asked if supervisors could save money by only operating the smaller of the township’s two trucks. Supervisor and roadmaster A.J. Boni said, ‘You can’t do big truck work with a little truck. The little truck is great for alleyways and patches, but the big truck is what we need for heavy snow removal.’

    Supervisor Adam Muccioli said he thinks the township would be better served with smaller trucks. He also mentioned that each township vehicle has an identification card which supervisors use to track gas usage.

  • Resident Pam Newmeyer asked supervisors to clarify their lunch breaks, which they previously stated were one-hour and compensated. Newmeyer calculated that the two employees’ paid lunches cost the township $25 per day or $6,500 per year. The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors states that full-time employees are to receive one-half hour unpaid lunch unless different arrangements were approved by the auditors.

    ‘I haven’t been taking an hour lunch. If I do, I’ll work longer,’ said Muccioli.

  • One supervisor will attend a no-cost gravel roads seminar in Greene County. Attendance is mandatory to receive grants for the township’s 28 miles of gravel roads. The township did not receive any specific gravel road funding last year.



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