Carbon County refunded a local business's taxes for two years after a court order reduced the assessment of six properties.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to refund taxes to Kovatch Corporation, Kovatch Enterprises Inc., and Kovatch Partners LP, all of 1 Industrial Complex, Nesquehoning, in the amount of $37,038.29.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, said the refunds are the result of an appeal Kovatch made on over a dozen of his properties.

The refunds reflect the court order that reduced the assessed values of six properties for the years 2007 and 2008.

The tax appeals have been in the works since 2007 when Kovatch stated that the county's assessed values of the properties were too high and requested that property taxes be reduced to reflect the assessment value the company obtained.

The appeals went to a hearing before the county tax assessment appeals board in 2008, which ruled in favor of the county.

Kovatch then appealed the decision to the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas and provided enough pertinent information to have the decision reversed and the assessment values of the properties lowered.

In 2009, the county and Kovatch reached an agreement and refunds for back taxes began being issued.