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Washington Township briefs

April 01, 2013

New tax abatement program approved by Pa. township

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A new tax abatement program for select commercial and industrial properties received approval from the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors on Monday.

The supervisors adopted a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement (LERTA) program and a list of eligible properties.

Over the next seven years, owners of properties on the list can apply for LERTA benefits if they make improvements to the properties. They are eligible for tax savings for 10 years.

LERTA only affects improved portions of properties. Under LERTA, for example, if $100,000 worth of improvements are made on a $200,000 property, the owner could only pay full real estate taxes on the $200,000 — not $300,000 — for several years.

The property owner would pay 10 percent of taxes on improvements in the second year, 20 percent in the third year, 30 percent in the fourth year and so on.

The supervisors approved LERTA on a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Stephen Kulla abstaining from the vote. He said his law firm represents some of the property owners.

Washington Township is partnering with the borough of Waynesboro, Quincy Township and the Waynesboro Area School District to develop the LERTA zones.

Stone crusher planned to be used at future site of Walmart

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — A stone crusher will be utilized at the future site of a townhouse development near Walmart, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Residents with noise, dust or other concerns related to use of the stone crusher have 30 days to report those concerns to the Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP is launching a review period, according to discussion at Monday night’s Washington Township Supervisors meeting.

Sixty units are planned in the development being completed by the Woda Group. Those homes will be accessed by a private road that abuts the Walmart parking lot. The construction can be seen from the Walmart shopping center parking lot.

The housing on 11.5 acres is designated for low- to moderate-income families.

— Jennifer Fitch

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