SHARPSVILLE, PA. Former official pushes abatement program

Gary Grandy said a five-year tax break on new construction would be appropriate.
SHARPSVILLE, Pa. -- A former borough councilman thinks Sharpsville should offer a tax abatement program to encourage homeowners and businesses to improve their properties.
Gary & quot;Gus & quot; Grandy, who is seeking election to council again this year, told the borough council Wednesday that it should implement a five-year abatement program.
It's a way of encouraging people to stay in town, he said.
Grandy's plan would offer a tax break on any new residential or commercial construction.
The Sharpsville Area School Board and Mercer County commissioners should be asked to join the abatement program, he said, explaining it wouldn't adversely affect the current tax base because it would apply only to new construction.
Those improvements would be added to the tax rolls after five years, he said.
& quot;It sounds like a good idea, & quot; said Councilwoman LuAnn Anglin. Councilmen Guy Moderelli and Alex Kovach agreed the borough should look at the idea.
Kovach, who is council president, directed borough Manager Michael Wilson to research the issue and come back to council with a recommendation.
Weather system: In other matters, council voted to re-apply for a $75,000 state Community Revitalization Grant it hopes to use to install an early warning weather system.
Sharpsville received word this week that its previous application had been denied by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, but the state agency also advised the borough to revamp its application and file it again.
Councilman Thomas Lally said the early warning project is a sophisticated system designed specifically for the borough by professionals in the communication industry.
Kovach said it combines a siren warning system with an audio warning program that could broadcast a voice over the siren speakers. It could also direct people to tune their radios to a specific frequency for further information, he said.
The project would benefit more than just Sharpsville, Kovach said, noting it would overlap portions of neighboring Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township.

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