Tioga comes aboard

Feb. 25, 2015 – A critical section of the Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition website has been expanded. One of the most effective sections is Maps/Charts/Data – in particular, the map gallery – which now uses the latest graphic tools to demonstrate the gutting of the local tax bases. Latest exhibit posted to the site is a map from Tioga County, compiled by the county’s GIS director, Scott Zubek.

GIS professionals from several counties continue to work on effective graphics and data to support the coalition. Goal is a series of easily navigated exhibits displaying the extent to which state land ownership  has diminished tax bases (broken down by county, municipality and school district).

Tioga County is a welcome addition, ranking fifth among all Pennsylvania counties in terms of state forest land holdings (10,000 acres or more*): Clinton 294,489; Potter 268,176; Lycoming 202,466; Centre 158,873; Tioga 156,625; Cameron 136,004; Clearfield 109,761; Elk 80,114; Pike 73,961; Huntingdon 71,148; Union 67,173; Mifflin 58,733; Perry 44,171; Franklin 42,895; Sullivan 41,412; Cumberland 38,874; Somerset 33,616; Bedford 32,830; Fulton 30,457; Snyder 30,183; Adams 25,638; Fayette 19.630; Westmoreland, 18,085; Juniata 17,820; Lackawanna 17,151; Monroe 12,051; Luzerne 11,540. (*Several other counties have considerable state forest land acreage. The figures above do not include state game and park lands, which are also tax-exempt.)

Additional information on the coalition’s mapping project is available from Samantha Neely with the County Commissioners Assn. of Pennsylvania GIS Professionals Group at sneely@pacounties.org, or from Potter County GIS Director Will Hunt at whunt@pottercountypa.net or 814-274-8290, ext. 229.