Senator Mario Scavello E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • August 10: ATC Trail to Town Family Jamboree in Wind Gap
  • Scavello Holds Tele-Town Hall Meeting
  • Monroe County Reassessment Clarification/Information
  • Ham Radio Classes Forming Now
  • Interactive Guide to 107 PA Fairs
  • Around the 40th District

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:

  1. The County is moving from a 25% assessment value to a valuation based on 100% of the “market value” of your home. This does NOT mean that your taxes will increase fourfold. Rather, this simply means that millage will be calculated and assessed based on the full value of your home, not the old 25% rate. EXAMPLE: A home with a market value of $100,000 in 1989 had an assessed value of $25,000. Under the reassessment, a home with a market value of $100,000 will have an assessed value of $100,000.
  2. It is CRITICAL that you review the assessment information you received for accuracy. The assessed value assigned to your property is NOT your new tax – it is simply a valuation of your property. The assessed value, while based on “market values,” is not the same as the sales price of your property. It’s a valuation that is used for tax purposes.
  3. If you are dissatisfied with your property valuation, you can file a formal appeal with the Monroe County Assessment Office beginning July 1st through August 12th. Formal appeals will be heard by the County Assessment Appeals Board.
  4. The actual tax you owe will not be known until the millage rates are adjusted accordingly after the assessed values are finalized in the fall. The new millage rates will be determined on November 15th. Under the 1989 assessment, property owners have a lower 25% assessment value with a higher millage rate. Under the new reassessment, property owners will have a higher 100% assessment value and the millage will be adjusted downward. A reassessment does not mean that you will automatically pay more taxes. Reassessments are revenue neutral meaning, as values are adjusted, some will go up, some will go down and others will remain the same. The county/school district/municipality cannot use the reassessment to increase taxes.
  5. Your taxes are determined by multiplying your Assessed Value by your Millage Rate. No property owner will know what their taxes will be until the new millage rates are determined. Currently, the priority is to ensure that your new assessed value reflects the market value of your home.
  6. The new assessment values and millage rates will not take effect until the 2020 tax cycle. To check your new property assessment value and to view the data and comparable properties that were used to arrive at your valuation, please click the following link and select “Property Search”: www.monroecountypa.gov/reassessment.
  7. For more information regarding the reassessment, please visit the Monroe County Reassessment website: http://www.monroecountypa.gov/Dept/Assessment/Reassessment/Pages/default.aspx.

*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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