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Armstrong tax records moving online

| Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Officials will start putting property tax records online by the end of the year to make them available without having to make a trip to the Armstrong County Courthouse.

The goal is to help the public, as well as county, school and municipal officials, access property tax records as quickly and as efficiently as possible, tax revenue Director Jeanne Englert said.

“We want to get away from paper and move toward a digital, web-based system over the next several years,” Englert said.

Modernizing the department is Englert's first major undertaking as the tax revenue director, a title she took on when former Chief Assessor Mike Renosky retired on Aug. 1.

Renosky worked in the bureau for 27 years and had served as its chief assessor since 2001.

In her new role, Englert oversees assessments, tax claims and property mapping. In her previous role, Englert only handled tax claims.

In September, Englert will begin taking classes through the Assessors' Association of Pennsylvania to become a state certified property tax assessor. She expects to become certified by the end of the year.

While she takes classes, the Armstrong County Commissioners agreed to hire Renosky as a consultant for $50 per hour for the next 90 days on an as-needed basis.

“Since I plan to be training for the entire month of September, it will be nice to have him available to help,” Englert said. “Also, as we adjust, if we have question on assessment particulars that he might have dealt with in the past, it will be good to have him assist.”

County Field Assessor Vince Milie will serve as the interim chief assessor until Englert is certified. The chief assessor position oversees the county's Clean and Green program, reviews property values and addresses assessment appeals.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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