Exemptions from paying taxes next year were granted by the Schuylkill County Assessment Appeals Board to the City of Pottsville and water authority in Auburn after a hearing held in the courthouse in Pottsville.

The board is holding hearings on appeals of property owners for the 2014 tax year.

The City of Pottsville received the exemption on a 0.82 of an acre lot located on the south side of Nicholls Street because it has been converted into a public park.

Plum Creek Municipal Authority, which serves Auburn Borough, was granted an exemption on a vacant lot it acquired at 958 Lone Star Drive, Wayne Township.

At the hearing the authority claimed the plot of ground was above its land and it feared if a home was built it would require a septic system which could eventually leak into the soil contaminating one of its wells located on a adjoining plot of ground.

Other appeals

Mary Ann Miller appealed to have the tax reduced on her property at 36 Water St., New Philadelphia, but the board ruled no change and kept the market value at $34,800 and assessment at $17,400.

East Pines, LLC, of East Northport, N.Y., won reductions on two properties in Mahanoy City because both were in poor condition and needed extensive renovation.

The property at 13 E. Pine St., the market value was reduced from $15,500 to $2,384 and assessment from $7,750 to $1,190 , a decrease of $5,560 in the assessment. The property at 17 E. Mahanoy Avenue, the market value was reduced from $21,870 to $2,974 and assessment from $10,935 to $1,485, a reduction of $9,450 in the assessment. However, for its property at 305 Indiana Avenue, Shenandoah Heights, West Mahanoy Township, the board ruled no change.

Colleen Wronstki won her appeal as the board reduced the market value on her property at 429 W. Mahanoy Avenue, Mahanoy City, from $14,620 to $7,940 and the assessment from $7,310 to $3,970 for a decrease in assessment of $3,340.

Rosella and Erik Gottfried won a reduction on the value of their property at 1324 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City, as the board reduced the market value from $21,800 to $13,390 and the assessment from $10,940 to $6,695, a reduction in assessment of $4,245. The board accepted the sale price as the market value.