In this Update:
August 10: ATC Trail to Town Family Jamboree in Wind Gap
Scavello Holds Tele-Town Hall Meeting
On Monday evening, I held another Tele-Town Hall event and discussed a host of state-related topics and took questions from participants. If you missed it you can listen to the call here. Also, you can sign up on my website so that you receive calls in the future to your cell or home phones.
Monroe County Reassessment Clarification/Information
Property owners throughout Monroe County received mailed notices last week from the Monroe County Assessment Office containing their final assessed values for their residential and commercial properties. If you received your new assessed value and believe it has been overstated, you have the right to challenge your valuation through a formal appeals process. If you have any questions regarding your assessment, PLEASE give a call to the Monroe County Assessment Office directly to discuss – 570-517-3133.
Property owners have until August 12th to schedule their assessment appeal. Appeal forms for both residential and commercial properties are located at the bottom of the Assessment Office website:http://www.monroecountypa.gov/Dept/Assessment/Pages/default.aspx.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a process that was embarked upon by the county in order to restore equity to county-wide property values, since a reassessment has not been completed in almost 30 years. No state office or official has influence over the reassessment process. The county contracted with Tyler Technologies to complete the reassessment and specific procedures have been set for verifying or challenging your new property assessment.
PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING IN UNDERSTANDING YOUR ASSESSED VALUE AND/OR CONTACT THE ASSESSMENT OFFICE (570-517-3133) PRIOR TO FILING AN APPEAL:
*PLEASE NOTE: This is a county-driven process for the purpose of bringing equity to property values and is separate from ongoing efforts toward school property tax elimination/relief. Here is my latest update on the efforts to address the school property tax.
Ham Radio Classes Forming Now
You can find a local fair in Monroe and Northampton counties, and across Pennsylvania, with this Interactive Fair Guide.
Search by distance from your location, or filter by county, date range or both. Each fair entry includes dates, a website link and driving directions. There are 107 county and community fairs across the state.
Around the 40th District
I was pleased to hold another successful senior expo recently. This annual event has grown each year to include over 90 vendors with the purpose of helping seniors, hearing their concerns and answering questions. This year we even held breakout sessions with the Monroe County Assessment office to answer questions about the process that is underway. Thank you to all the vendors and the seniors who attended.
Last week, we joined the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and students from the Northampton County Junior Conservation School to view progress on the dam rehabilitation and habitat work occurring at Minsi Lake in Upper Mt. Bethel. Minsi is the only public access lake in Northampton County.
The Minsi Lake dam was marked a “high hazard” dam that needed to be replaced. When I was Chair of the Senate Game & Fisheries Committee, I was able to push for the release of state funds for the roughly $3 million project, which is slated for completion by the end of this year. The PFBC owns the lake and is overseeing the construction project.
A group of community members, county officials, and state representatives formed Friends of Minsi Lake to spearhead habitat projects and infrastructure improvements both inside and outside the lake. Construction is now underway to build hundreds of habitat structures throughout the lakebed to provide shelter/habitat for various fish and lake species (spider mounds, rubble and stakes are shown in the photos above that will all be submerged once the lake is refilled). The jetties will also be improved, ADA accessible boat launches installed, trails upgraded and a pedestrian bridge installed to span the top of the dam..
Check out the Friends of Minsi Lake Facebook page for additional information and project updates!
Congratulations to Kelly and Dave Infantino on the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Chicken Corner. This new restaurant is located at the corner of route 512 and Bushkill Center Drive in Bushkill Township. I encourage you to give this new business a try!
On Wednesday, the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA held a groundbreaking event in Pen Argyl. This project, which was made possible by an incredible amount of support from the local community, will add an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and preschool child care wing to the Y, with a planned facility opening scheduled for next year.
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