2011-10-06 / Local & State

JLG Requests Tax Appeal Hearing

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

The Fulton County commissioners along with the chief tax assessor and county solicitor sat down an with an attorney representing JLG Industries Tuesday to discuss the possibility of lowering the assessed value of the company’s McConnellsburgbased operation.

Tax assessor Michelle Sowers began the October 4 hearing by pointing out the business located at 1 JLG Drive is currently assessed at $7,336,970. The value includes a total of 59.99 acres on the east side of Cito Road as well as an estimated 512,810 square feet of building space. The figures were provided by attorney Jeff Miller of Leventry, Haschak & Rodkey, LLC in Johnstown.

Miller’s company, it was noted, was hired by the law firm of Stavitsky & Associates located in Clifton, N.J., which represents JLG Industries. As part of his brief presentation, Miller presented the Tax Appeal Board with information outlining the sale and pending sale of a variety of commercial facilities ranging from warehouses to distribution centers.

The group noted in their discussions with Miller the presented sale information was not comparable to JLG in terms of square footage, acreage or even the same type of commercial business. Miller stated looking at the information, JLG’s buildings should be assessed at around $41 per square foot.

In the event the county would grant the company’s request for a reduction in the assessed value, the Central Fulton School District could stand to lose $57,000 in tax revenue. In addition, the county’s loss would be approximately $20,000.

Sowers, in the meantime, was instructed to double check the square footage of JLG’s facilities and inquire as to a breakdown as it relates to office, warehouse and manufacturing space.

Last Tuesday the commissioners approved a construction contact with McCray Construction LLC for restoration work to be completed on the courthouse staircase. The contract totalled $20,700.

The commissioners went on to sign a consultant agreement with Pennsylvania Counseling Services. The contract with the firm is slated to begin October 1 and run through June 30, 2012.

County planner Mary K. Seville and chief tax assessor Michelle Sowers met with the commissioners to review staffing concerns in their respective offices.

The commissioners adopted multiple resolutions last week dealing with fair housing, minority business enterprise goals for 2012 and plans for women business enterprises.

Ed Silvetti, executive director of the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, updated the commissioners on staffing issues with his organization as well as upcoming retirements.

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