Hearings began on appeals filed by property owners from assessments placed on their homes for 2012 taxes before the Schuylkill County Tax Assessment Appeals Board. The hearings are held in the Hoffman Room on the ground floor at the courthouse in Pottsville.

John and Patricia Valasek, 20 Schuylkill Avenue, Tamaqua, had their appeal dismissed by the board for failure to appear at the hearing.

Black Eagle Industrials, LTD, of Northport, New York, owners of properties in Mahanoy City, won their appeals for reductions. The property at 18 East Pine Street, the market value was reduced from $15,330 to $2,800 and the assessment lowered from $,7,665 to $1,400, a reduction in assessment of $6,265; the property at 25 East Pine Street, the market value was reduced from $14,280 to $8,392 and assessment from $7,140 to $4,195, a reduction in assessment of $2,945 and property at 19 East Pine Street, market value reduced from $14,980 to $8,388 and assessment from $7,490 to $4,195, a reduction in assessment of $4,290.

Black Eagle Industrial, LTD, Partnership, Route 61, North Manheim Township, owners of 13.9 acres with an industrial plant, was denied its appeal to lower the assessment as the board ruled no change and kept the market value of the property at $1,894,550 and assessment at $943,275.

Glenn J. Kammerer, Northport, New York, owner of a property at 401 West Mahanoy Avenue, Mahanoy City, won his appeal as the board reduced the market value from $16,690 to $10,259 and assessment from $8,345 to $5,125, a reduction of $3,220 in assessment.

Minersville Borough won an appeal to have a lot it owns exempted from taxes. The lot, containing 0.3 of an acre is located at 2 East Sunbury Street, and adjoins a lot used by the police for target practice. The borough plans to convert this lot into a parking area for the shooters.

Bruce Davenport, Schnecksville, owner of a property at 67 Lake Road, North Manheim Township, was denied a request to reduce the assessment as the board ruled no change and the property's market value stays at $87,650 and assessment at $43,825.

Laurence Schultz, Beaver Meadows, owner of a property at 9 East Mahanoy Avenue, Mahanoy City, won his appeal as the board reduced the market value from $19,150 to $3,9834 and the assessment from $9,575 to $1,910, a drop in assessment of $4,665.

The Most Reverend John O. Barress, sought and won an exemption on a vacant lot at 614 West Mahanoy Avenue, Mahanoy City, which will be used as a parking lot next to the parish church. The home on the property was torn down and the lot listed in the assessment office at $920 market value and assessed at $460.