Three Catholic church buildings and other properties in Coaldale belonging to the Diocese of Allentown were removed from the tax exemption list by the Schuylkill County Tax Appeals Board on motions made by the Panther Valley School District because they are no longer devoted to religious worship. They will be subjected to real estate tax in 2011.
SS. Cyril and Methodius, 29 Ruddle St., had the market value set at $358,680 and assessed at $179,340; and for a lot consisting of 0.11 of an acre used as a parking lot, The market value was set at $7,500 and assessed at $3,750.
For Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Second Street, the market value was set at $187,420 and assessed at $93,710; and for a vacant lot where a former school building stood consisting of 0.57 of an acre on Second Street, the market value was set at $12,500 and assessment at $6,250.
For Saint John's Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church, 225 W. Phillips St., the market value for the former church building was set at $110,730 and assessment at $55,365; and for a lot consisting of 0.31 of an acre on Phillips Street, the market value was set at $27,550 and assessment at $13,775.
Panther Valley School District also won appeals on five homes in Coaldale.
Michael and Sheila Carota, owners of property at 290 S. Third St.,had the market value increased from $9,440 to $33,280 and assessment increased from $4,720 to $16,640, an increase of $11,920 in assessment.
Anthony Turrano, owner of property at 2 W. Ruddle St., had the market value increased from $46,170 to $63,400 and assessment from $23,085 to $31,200, an increase of $8,115 in assessment.
Kathleen Holland, owner of property at 119 W. Phillip St., had the market value increased from $36,180 to $51,830 and assessment from $18,090 to $25,915, an increase of $7,825 in assessment.
Susan Hanwalt, owner of property at 256 E. Phillip St., Coaldale, had the market value increased from $52,030 to $81,540 and assessment from $26,015 to $40,770, an increase of $14,775 in assessment.
For Stephen McGregor, owner of property at 110 E. High St., the market value increased from $35,080 to $56,160 and assessment from $17,540 to $28,080, an increase of $10,540 in assessment.
Teri Mack, owner of property at 119 W. Lehigh St., had the market value increased from $33,660 to $46,590 and assessment from $16,830 to $23,295, an increase of $6,465 in assessment.
Several property owners had appeals heard by the board and decisions were made as follows:
MJF Realty Inc., 12 Willow Lane, Nesquehoning, owners of an industrial warehouse at 92 Progress Drive, Rush Township, were denied their appeal for reduction and the board ruled the market value of the property remains at $3,571,440 and assessment remains at $1,785,720.
Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad Company, main office in Hamburg, appealed for exemption on two properties on Spruce Street, Tamaqua. The board denied their request and ruled the market value on a tract containing 10.5 acres remains at $52,500 and assessment stays at $26,250; and for a lot containing 0.81 of an acre, the market value will remain at $6,360 and assessment at $6,180.
Bet Lehigh Real Estate, LLC, Horsham, were denied any reduction in their appeals on three tracts located in the Tamaqua-Coaldale area. On a tract containing 1,337.6 acres along SR209 in Tamaqua, the market value remains at $183,7890 and assessment at $91,890; on a tract containing 833.7 acres with a building in Tamaqua, the market value remains at $104,910, and assessment at $52,355; and on a tract containing 3,397.2 acres along SR209 in Coaldale the market value remains at $89,840 and assessment at $44,920.
Maria Elena Williams, Jenkintown, lost her appeal to have a reduction on her property at 510 E. Market St., Mahanoy City, as the board ruled no change to the market value at $13,000 and assessment at $6,500.
Two private property owners won their appeals.
Meremy and Karen Zink, owners of property at 334 Roosevelt Drive, Mahanoy City, had the market value reduced from $13,200 to $1,660 and assessment reduced from $6,550 to $830, a reduction of $5,720 in assessment because the home is vacant and in run-down condition.
Ann Anders, owner of property at 23 Valley St., New Philadelphia, had the market value reduced from $39,650 to $19,550 and assessment from $19,825 to $9,775, a reduction of $10,050 in assessment because the property has deteriorated.
The Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville, won its appeal to have a tax exemption placed on a property at 11 Tremont St., Pottsville, as it is used for storing hospital records. It had a market value of $42,590 and was assessed at $21,295.