Commissioners table tax credit extension approval

MIFFLINTOWN – A 10-year extension on tax abatements and credits for the industrial park in Juniata County is up for approval.

County Commissioner Robert Reynolds said the tax breaks are designated by the Keystone Opportunity Zone Program, which previously covered 15 vacant lots at the industrial park. Since the last extension, seven lots have been purchased and exhausted the KOZ designation, he said. The purchased lots will be included on tax rolls beginning January 1, but eight vacant lots remain.

A request for approval of Resolution 2013-3, extending the KOZ designation for the eight remaining vacant lots, was tabled for two weeks until clarification can be made on an attached letter.

“We (the commissioners) believe all taxes are deferred for these eight lots,” Reynolds said.

However, a letter accompanying the resolution included a sentence that said Juniata Business and Industry is to pay real estate taxes on the property.

Reynolds and Commissioner Teresa O’Neal said they don’t anticipate problems with approving the resolution, but wanted to seek clarification on that sentence before moving on the item.

Also during the meeting, the board:

Reviewed the Jan. 1 through June 30 Juniata County Children and Youth Expidenture Report, submitted by Penni Abram, director.

Approved the purchase of two Dell OptiPlex 3010 computer systems at a cost of $1,599.96 for the register and recorder’s office as submitted by Alicia Seigler, register and recorder. Funding will be provided through the Juniata County Records Improvement Fund.

Accepted the Juniata County Victims of Crime Act Funding grant, subgrant No. 2013/2014-VF-05-24406, as submitted by Sylvia Middaugh, victim witness program coordinator.

Approved checks Nos. 38,124 through 38,158 in the amount of $123,327.13.

Commissioner Jeffrey Zimmerman was not present at the meeting.

There will not be a commissioners’ board meeting on Aug. 6 due to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference scheduled for Aug. 4 to 7 in Erie County.