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Opposition group mounts charge in bid to defeat Lawrenceville tax

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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

A group against a property tax that would pay for improvements along Butler Street and Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville said Thursday it has filed more than 200 opposition forms with the city.

Under the plan spearheaded by the Lawrenceville Corp. community development group, property owners in the neighborhood's business district — Butler between 34th and 57th streets and Penn between 40th and 45th streets — would pay $10 annually for each linear foot of frontage.

Opponents say the tax would penalize larger property owners and term improvements the tax would cover as minimal.

If 40 percent or more affected property owners oppose the tax, the measure will fail. The Realtors Association of Greater Pittsburgh said it filed opposition forms from more than 57 percent.

City Clerk Linda Johnson-Wasler said the opposition forms must still be certified.

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