Tax Relief & Redevelopment Act (LERTA)
In late 2018, the Redevelopment Task Force finalized a report (PDF) that provided an overview of recommendations to the Warren County Board of Commissioners to expand and promote redevelopment. One of the initiatives outlined in the report was the concept of expanding residential and commercial tax abatement programs so that citizens and business owners could adjust, build and expand their properties and have their taxes remain flat for some period of time (rather than being immediately re-assessed). This would provide a major incentive for people to redevelop their properties in Warren County.
Commissioner Jeff Eggleston, the chairman, and architect of the Redevelopment Task Force took the concept to the Warren County C.O.G. (Council of Governments) and the Warren County School Board and both entities were supportive. Since then he and the County Solicitor, Nathaniel Schmidt, have been working diligently with the participating taxing bodies to move the project forward. The goal is to have all interested municipalities, the County, and the School District lined up and have their various ordinances and resolutions passed by November of 2019.
Click here to view the original summary document (PDF) which gives an overview of the program.
List of Draft Ordinances
The following list of ordinances is in draft form, not final, and is for the municipalities who’ve signed on to the program. None of these are final and are listed here for public review prior to adoption by their respective municipalities.
- Cherry Grove Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Clarendon Borough Ordinance (PDF)
- Conewango Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Glade Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Limestone Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Pleasant Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Sheffield Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Watson Township Ordinance (PDF)
- Youngsville Borough Ordinance (PDF)
- Erie County LERTA Ordinance 2019-38 (PDF) - This includes both the County ordinance as well as the Erie County School District resolution
- Harbor Creek LERTA Ordinance (PDF) - Another example of a combined ordinance, where both LERTA and IDRPA laws are combined
- Harbor Creek LERTA Ordinance Amendment (PDF) - The Harbor Creek ordinance was further amended and consolidated
- Harbor Creek Tax Abatement Overview (PDF)
- Map of Warren County and Participating Municipalities (PDF)
- News Release - Commissioner Proposes Residential Tax Abatement Program (PDF)
- Tax Abatement Program Municipal Summary Document (PDF)
- Tax Relief and Redevelopment Act Fact Sheet (PDF) - Original Fact Sheet for LERTA Expansion
- Warren County Property Tax Exemption Application (Draft) (PDF)
- Washington County Residential Tax Abatement Ordinance (PDF) - Ordinance outlines a joint public hearing between the County and the School District