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Agreement reached on tax value of golf course and former school

Published January 30. 2012 05:04PM

Owners of a public golf course and a building formerly used as a Catholic high school reached an agreement with the Schuylkill County Assessment Bureau on the market values of their properties. County judges approved the stipulations and fixed taxes beginning Jan. 1.

Concerning Rolling Meadows Golf Course, an 18-hole course built on 90.70 aces in Butler Township, an agreement was reached the market value would be $389,129. Judge John E. Domalakes approved the agreement and fixed the assessment at $184,058 for taxes.

He also accepted the stipulations on two residential homes and a parcel of vacant land which made up the tract.

On one residential home the market value was set at $68,310 and assessed at $34,155 and the second home the market value set at $76,000 and assessed at $38,000 and on the vacant land the market value was set at $24,250 and assessed at $12,125.

The owners had filed an appeal because the Assessments Appeals Board denied reducing the fair market value of entire parcel from $882,349 but were able to resolve their differences.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown was able to reach an agreement with the county assessment bureau on the market value of the former Cardinal Brennan High School Building located at 130 Academy Lane in Butler Township.

While the building was being used as a high school it was tax exempt but when it closed the assessment bureau fixed a pretermined value of $1,075,905, which the diocese appealed to court. An an agreement was reached to fix the market value at $825,000 which Judge Jacqueline Russell approved and fixed the assessment at $390,225 for tax purposes.

The building is located on 95.5 acres with access to a public road. The building is of a typical design for the 1920's with wide lateral halls and staircases, high ceilings and old elevators. A new roof was added in 2001 and many windows replaced in 2005. It closed as a high school in 2007.

Kathleen Riley, 2064 Market St., Auburn, reached an agreement on market value of her home. Last October the assessment appeals board fixed the market value at $62,000, which Riley appealed to court.

Judge Charles M. Miller accepted the stipulations reached between the two parties to fix the market value at $44,000 and the assessment at $20,812 for taxes beginning this year.

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