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Action taken by the Westmoreland Supervisors on Oct. 8 to establish the current year’s personal property tax relief rates will be rescinded and new numbers will be approved later this week.
An Oct. 22 special meeting was announced before this Monday’s close of meeting. The session will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the A.T. Johnson auditorium.
“The purpose of the meeting,” the announcement stated, “will be to rescind the resolution previously adopted by the board on Oct. 8, 2009, concerning the personal property tax relief rate for the current year and to adopt a new resolution establishing the personal property tax relief rate for tax year 2009.”
Administrative spokesperson LaToya Ball-Tate advised The Journal that numbers County Administration initially received from the Office of the Commissioner of Revenue were incorrect.
The commissioner’s office later related that the faulty values resulted from a malfunction of a computer software program used in Westmoreland for accounting purposes. Incorrect values are associated with personal use vehicles of value greater than $20,000.
The faulty values were discovered on Oct. 17 when a $90,000 error was uncovered.
To balance values, the supervisors will approve a corrected tax relief value for personal use motor vehicles valued at $1,001 to $20,000. The previously approved tax relief value of 51 percent will be correctly stated in the new resolution as 46 percent, causing a tax increase.
This week’s Board of Supervisors action will allow Westmoreland County tax bills to be printed and mailed. The weeks immediately preceding local government’s receipt of annual tax payments are the most cash-poor portion of the year and impacts associated with the delayed billing have not been the subject of any open session Board of Supervisors discussion.
It was previously reported in these pages that the latest countywide property reassessment was approaching its completion but that the reassessment team’s briefing to the Board of Supervisors would be delayed until after the county’s tax bills had been sent.
Commissioner of Revenue Carol Gawen told The Journal that despite the nation’s poor economic conditions, land values in Westmoreland County are continuing to rise. Home values, she further related, have not kept pace with the appreciating values of open land in the traditionally rural jurisdiction.
— Betsy Ficklin