Perry Township learns Fayette assessors will be in area soon
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:
¥ 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.
‘I haven’t been taking an hour lunch. If I do, I’ll work longer,’ said Muccioli.