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Property assessments scheduled in Springfield Township

| Tuesday, July 3, 2001

NORMALVILLE - Patty Hall from the Fayette County Tax Equalization Project addressed Springfield Township supervisors and residents at Monday's meeting regarding property assessments.

Hall stated the goal of the project is to make property taxes as equal and as fair as possible.

Since the last county-wide assessment was performed in 1958, Hall says that there is a great deal of disparity with regard to taxes with some property owners paying too much and some, too little.

Data collectors for the project from the Cole-Layer Trumble Company (CLT) are scheduled to be in Springfield Township beginning the last week in July.

Hall told residents that each will wear an identification badge and will come to the door of each house to identify himself.

Hall assures residents that each data collector in the field has been properly trained and has undergone a criminal background check.

Data collectors will ask property owners some questions, and request to do an interior inspection. Hall says that owners can refuse the data collector access to the house, but an interior inspection will allow for a more accurate assessment, and ultimately the fairest assessed value and tax amount.

If residents are not at home when the data collector calls, the property will be measured and a post card will be left for the property owner to complete and mail.

Springfield Township residents will receive a report of the data collected for their review and a chance to correct errors approximately two months after data collectors have visited the area.

Preliminary property values will be sent to property owners in February 2002.

Hall invited residents to call CLT at 724-434-1510 or visit the project's website, www.fayetteproperty.org , for more information.

She also offered to hold informational public meetings in Springfield Township regarding the assessments.

In other business, supervisors:

  • Adopted resolutions to apply for a Community Block Grant for the Buttermilk Hollow Road water project, and to apply for liquid fuels grants for Willow Lane and Hampton Church Loop.

  • Adopted a resolution for the Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Department to write a grant application to seek funds for improvements to the fire department's building.

  • Voted to allow two water holding tanks for recreational purposes at the request of Leon Shal of Indian Creek Camplands.

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