2012-10-31 / Front Page

JLG Tax Appeal Settled Out Of Court

No hearing held Friday in county court
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

An ongoing appeal of real estate taxes filed by JLG Industries did not go to county court as scheduled last Friday. The matter was recently settled out of court with Judge Richard J. Walsh signing off on the “stipulation and joint motion for agreed order” that now assesses the local business’ land and improvements at approximately $2.8 million less.

The court document indicates that the parties involved, which includes the county Board of Assessment, the county, Ayr Township, Central Fulton School District and JLG, are stipulating the fair market value of the property as of the date of original appeal on August 31, 2011, was $12.8 million. Therefore, using the common level ratio, the actual assessment of the manufacturing plant and property for the 2012 tax year will be $4,492,800.

In 2011, the county had previously assessed JLG’s land at $26,870 and improvements at $7,310,100 for an overall total assessment of $7,336,970. Considered in that assessment at the time were reportedly 59.99 acres on the eastern side of Cito Road and an estimated 512,810 square feet of building space.

The lowering in assessment was initially requested by JLG based on 13 different issues including that the assessment lacks uniformity; is based in whole or in part on appraisals that do not represent the actual value of the premises; is based on an erroneous determination of the fair market value; and is unequal when compared to the assessment of properties of the same class.

County chief assessor Michelle Sowers calculated the decrease in assessment as a $31,144 loss in revenue for the county. In addition, the Central Fulton School District stands to lose the largest amount of money through the agreement with a drop in revenue of $81,122.

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