McAdoo Borough was successful in having two church buildings in the borough removed from the tax exempt status on grounds the churches are no longer used for religious purposes.

The Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board, after a hearing in the Schuylkill County courhouse, agreed and ruled the exempt status are removed and the church buildings are placed on the tax list beginning 2013.

Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church on East Grant Street, had the market value set at $215,980 and assessment at $107,990 and Saint Kunegunde Church on East Washington Street, had its market value set at $223,412 and assessment at $111,708. The church is vacant but pastors live in the rectory.

Other rulings

The assessment appeals board also ruled on on appeals of other area properties.

Karen E. Phillips won her appeal on her property at 426 E. Water St., Coaldale, as the appeals board lowered the market value from $25,570 to $8,160 and the assessment from $12,785 to $4,080 for 2013 taxes.

Mahanoy City Little League Inc. was granted a tax exemption for its Little League field property on South Street which is used for baseball for youths, manned by volunteers and open for public entertainment. The market value on the property was listed at $25,400 and assessed at $12,700.

Knelly Pdanyu American Legion Post in Sheppton, East Union Township, was denied exemption on its property which holds a market value of $27,290 and assessed at $13,6 45.

Ralph T. and Shih Chu Engle were denied a reduction on their property at 16 Snowdrift Road, Andreas, West Penn Township, which is listed at a market value of $104,167 and assessed at $52,085. The appeals board ruled no change.

The appeals board will next hold sessions on appeals from 2013 taxes in September.