Right on cue...

May 12, 2015 – While leaders of the Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition were pleading their case in Harrisburg, the state was gobbling up another 17,000 acres of forest land and stripping it from the tax base.

DCNR announced it had purchased the property in McKean County’s Norwich and Sergeant townships for $7.2 million. It will be added to the Elk State Forest. The current owner, Forest Investment Associates, will retain timber-cutting rights for 35 years.

As with the other 2.2 million acres of state forest land, these 17,000 acres will come off the tax rolls for McKean County, Norwich and Sergeant townships and the host school districts.