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Bedford County Inquirer (Newspaper) - July 24, 1987, Bedford, Pennsylvania Jan querer combined with fhe Ever eff Republican 1stablish 01812 174th year 49 july usps0477 2000 single copy 35 cents Northern leads county in property value Rise by Nancy Wylie staff writer Loysburg Northern Bedford has the fastest rising property values among Bedford county five school according to figures from a state tax to the school administration that not really Good because it Points to a drop in state funding that will not be offset by the county present tax assessment the Market value of All taxable real estate in Bedford county went up percent Overall in com pared to Only a percent Rise the previous based on state tax equalization Board Steb Fin the latest increase was largest in the Northern Bedford and smallest in Chestnut where values went up per Bedford county chief tax assessor Hubert Ross attributes most of the significant Rise in the Northern bed Ford figures to new Home construction in Hopewell township and to both residential and farm building construction in Woodbury and South Woodbury the yearly property values Are important to local Steb computes the Market value of taxable property based in part on actual real estate sales in each coun municipality and school Steps statistics Are then turned Over to the state education depart which uses them As part of a somewhat Complex formula to determine How much state subsidy each school District will other factors include residents personal local tax number of a standardized expense per student in Bedford where state Money makes up two thirds or More of the Public schools general fund operating millions of dollars Are at stake every time Steps numbers Steps jus released figures and the gazettes further computations indicate that total taxable property values in Northern Bedford for 1986 were up or percent from but while Steb says the Northern District contains million Worth of real it also notes that the county assesses that property at Only about million or percent of what Steb calculates is the Market Bedford county tax assessments Are based on 1957 construction not on contemporary Selling because northerns Market value figures went up substantially in its Basic state instructional subsidy in another year or so can be expected to drop no schools superintendent Lanny Ross says the situation that appears on the horizon is similar to that in Kimmel maybe not As extreme As but its the waiting in line thousands of Texas Eastern Gas pipes Are stockpiled South of waiting to be put in the ground to replace 50 Miles of existing lines Between Bedford and according to Texas Eastern material inspector Ronald he predicted replacement will Start in August and end in each mile of pipeline requires about 140 sections of plus couple depending on the there has been no confirmation of the status of the remaining approvals Texas Eastern needs to begin the the pipes for this Section of the project Are being stored on the farm of and James Breezewood who report Many passersby Stop to look at and photograph the Green epoxy coated Sec the steel pipe each 40 feet Long and weighing were trucked in during april and May in anticipation of the project this years phase of the Texas Eastern project was planned to extend 315 Miles through West new Jersey and new at a Cost of More than the 36inch pipe will replace mostly 20inch pipe in the line built during world War the replacement work became entangled in the separate Issue of pc contamination at Pum Ping stations on the old resulting in a Holdup of approvals for the East Clair sewer to Start in Spring Fishertown it probably will be Spring when work starts on the East Clair township sewage a million project that will utilize existing septic tanks and two treatment the township supervisors and municipal authority held a joint meeting thursday night to update Fishertown residents who will be served and to approve a Community development Block Grant application for about 10 percent of the project while authority members said they had hoped to Start the project this engineering is still in the preliminary phase and the a dog Money probably wont be available for six to seven As Pandora county a dog said the Grant must be approved before any work can Start and the Money wont be available for six to seven East Clair is getting the a dog Grant through the based on Only the county and Bedford township Are Large enough to receive the Grant the amount is set by the department of Community the county solicits applications from townships and then selects one or More the planning commissions review finds will be eligible and fit the this authorities in East Clair and Saxton submitted proposals for the entire setting off a com petition Between the planners and the county commissioners selected the East Clair Wertz explained to the authority thursday that the application must be in Harrisburg by because of changes in the Engineer More work is needed on the a Wertz said her office will break out the to meet Dias and which Are not covered by other she warned that if the project is changed after the application is it could delay the approval or necessitate a resubmission to Ca for approval of any the authority and township could not approve the application thurs they will have to do that in the next three perhaps at a special Wertz said it is not unusual for her office to have to make revisions in due to state Regula for projects the applicants think Are ready to the proposed system was designed first in the mid1970s and modified in according to Engineer Dave Hagman of Joseph lehmans a Federal environmental Protection Agency Grant was sought and awarded in the sewer system plan languished after Hagman last the department of environmental resources ordered the system to proceed in a timely Man the township is behind Ders we Are subject to fines if they choose to implement the order that we proceed so far they Haven because we Are working at Hagman to meet Ders the super visors created the authority last the authority and Lehman decided that revisions needed to be made in the 1980 those including switching to lagoons from the Standard treat ment Plant resulted in the latest engineering dated july the latest sewage collection system plan will Cost of on Page 8 a Board rejection stymies authority the Bedford county air Industrial Park authority didst make a final decision Friday on How to proceed with the proposed Airport and Cope with act the agricultural Security area it appeared the authority does not intend to redesign or move the entire which would set Back the project one member the group does face a 30 deadline for receiving and accepting the Federal aviation administrations Grant offer of almost to Purchase the the authority held a five minute meeting and a on hour executive session to discuss land acquisition and last weeks ruling by the agriculture condemnation approval Board which in that the authority could not condemn 40 acres of the George Cayman property in the a Security area As part of the is acre Airport site near according to authority solicitor Gordon Stroup reported that he had not received a written ruling from the the five member Board deliberated 45 minutes after a Daylong hearing on july and said it would not approve the Airport because act 43 had not been addressed in the air port environmental studies the authority Friday authorized Stroup to Contact the a Board regarding real estate Legal mat the other motion of the authority was to authorize Engineer Richard Bisbal to add a supplement to the master addressing act the work was to be performed at Bisbas the motion the authority also set another meeting for next Friday to get a report on the Legal to deter mine if the authority should take the project Back to the a with act 43 addressed or a peal the decision to Bisbal indicated he would wait until the next meeting to determine the Content needed for the the Engineer for Biro tech said Dur ing the hearing that he had done the Airport studies to meet Faa but had not been informed or Learned otherwise that there were restrictive ordinances in the proposed air port the act 43 ruling apparently is the Only thing standing in the Way of the Faa according to Larry state director of the Federal Walsh attended fridays meeting at the invitation of the he on Page 5 proposed Bedford county Airport 4 Cut comb hangar area this is a composite of maps from the proposed Bedford county air Industrial Park authority master plan for a new Airport in Bedford the Airport has stalled in its attempt to acquire through condemnation about half of a farm owned by George and Jane Bedford the irregular shape outlined by a solid line represents approximately Iso acres the authority wants to Pur Chase fur the Airport and main Ruu the Odd shapes Are dictated in part by existing Boundary or by natural some of which Are needed to level the area or remove obstacles that intrude on safety or visibility dotted lines inside the Airport outline show divisions Between properties of different Gay aus property is the one outlined in scratch Marks on the Southeast Side of the the broken lines to the North and South of the Airport represent the possible ultimate land area of the Airport if a Crosswind runway was authority members say its unlikely a Cross wind runway Ever would he built Federal regulations require projecting the Airport development 80 or in this Case to the year two Short lines drawn in the Crosswind area show where the ends of that Crosswind runway would he with the Southwest end on a maus same its just indicative of the problem the disparity Between Market values and assessment values As determined by Blue Knob condominiums in the Price Range were blamed when Steps Market values for Kimmel township suddenly shot up resulting in a 30mill school tax hike in without some help from county officials in How the condos were to be Claysburg Kimmel school officials had warned Kimmel on Page 8 Board balks at renovation Price tag by David oilman staff writer Everett a cursory look by the Everett area school Board at the proposed million High school renovation project has revealed one thing the members dont like either the Price tag or the 23 Mills in local tax it would take to pay for Board in the first Public discussion of the directed superintendent Rodney Kuhns to Tell the architects of the project to find ways to Cut costs but retain the full level of state it was one of three courses of action that Kuhns recommended at thursday nights school Board and the first formal action the Board has taken on the proposed renovation prior to thursdays Board the architectural firm of Fruth and wedge had been working on the project and giving periodic updates of its last at an Agenda setting Rick Kar Cher and Robert suckling outlined the finished along with the costs the District could the having had a week to digest the is wavering on the but the directors still want to retain the maximum reimburse ment from the state department of the recently passed state budget allows a maximum of 43 cents on each Dollar spent for con providing that the construction affects the entire facility and upgrades the facilities to cur rent educational new construction qualifies for full but renovation projects must meet state standards to qualify for the maximum Board member Dan acknowledging that the school needs the expanded urged the administration to take a look at other schools in the if they need will we have to raise taxes to pay for it he Dean president of the school Twenty three Mills on an million project int too he but if the District has to add another 10 Mills for operating expenses in the then that going to put a bite on the taxpayers it acres John foor that when we started this project we were talking about maybe now six months later the Cost has gone up 40 when i went to the the project Kuhns now idealism has to face we have limited but unlimited said the timing was appropriate for the renovation the state is starting to move in our he referring to the recent Rise in construction but who knows if it will take another 20 years for the state to raise the rate he the state last raised the construction reimbursement in 1968 to 23 cents for each Dollar the on shaffers voted to direct Kuhns to have the architects review the project and find ways to Cut costs without affecting the reimbursement the Board also voted to explore the possibility of establishing an endow ment fund to help pay for and projects through donations and the Board also agreed to allow Kuhns to use the Pittsburgh firm of Scheetz and Smith As financial add visors for the project the invest ment Hanking firm would make Money if the District Sells a hand although Kuhns pointed out that Bond issues Are bid and the on Page 8

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