State buys more land

JUNE 24, 2015 – Pennsylvania State Land Tax Fairness Coalition has had its case bolstered once again by the recent news that the state has added another 430 acres of forest land, stripping it from the tax base for the affected school district, county and municipality.

The land was acquired in Clinton County, at a cost of $776,000 to the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). The 430 acres now come off the tax rolls of Keystone Central School District, Clinton County and Noyes Township. Even before the most recent acquisition, more than half of the total acreage in Clinton County was tax-exempt due to state ownership.

Earlier this year, DCNR announced that it had purchased 17,000 acres 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.