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Tax-abatement program could come to Sharpsburg

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Sharpsburg officials will advertise plans for a tax-abatement program in the borough.

The program's goal would be to entice people to fix up blighted properties and bring residents and businesses into the borough. It would apply to improvements made and the increase in assessment.

Under the program, the tax abatement would be 100 percent in the first year and then decrease by 20 percent until the property is fully back on the tax rolls. It would only apply to borough taxes.

Councilman Matthew Rudzki said the program could have long-term benefits for the borough.

“If it spurs one business to come to town or one person to fix a home, we'll reap the benefits down the road,” Rudzki said.

PennDOT

Sharpsburg will join PennDOT's Agility Program.

The program allows the borough to trade services with PennDOT. Borough secretary Jan Barbus said the program enables the borough to ask PennDOT to perform services such as paving or to borrow equipment in exchange for other services from the borough. Even though the agreement will be in place, the borough does not have an obligation to use it.

Next meeting

The next council meeting will be April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the borough building on Main Street.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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