LAWRENCE COUNTY Property values being re-evaluated

Scanners were distributed for emergencies.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lawrence County commissioners say they aren't sure new values from the countywide reassessment will be ready to go to property owners next week.
County officials expected to mail out the new real estate values by Feb. 15, but commissioners say they are unhappy with some of the figures that were turned over to the county by Manatron Sabre Systems, the Miamisburg, Ohio, firm hired to do reassessment.
Commissioner Ed Fosnaught said they are waiting for Real Estate Tax Consultants to give them a report on the preliminary values turned over by Manatron Sabre.
"They are still evaluating the numbers. They aren't sure if they will be done by tentative date to send out the information," he said.
Commissioner Brian Burick said he wants a formal meeting with RETC after they complete their evaluation.
Commissioners said they are taking a close look at the figures before they go to taxpayers because they want to avoid problems that occurred in Allegheny County.
Allegheny County officials reported numerous appeals during reassessment, which was completed last year by Manatron Sabre.
What was done: In other business, commissioners turned over about 40 scanners to schools, nursing homes, day care centers and hospitals in the county.
Commissioner Roger DeCarbo said the scanners, similar to those used by police and fire officials, will be used as a backup in emergency situations to alert officials to problems.
Schools, nursing homes, day care centers and hospital are now alerted by telephone of any disasters.
"We need to rely on other ways of informing everyone if the telephone system goes down," he said.
DeCarbo said they eventually hope to have a station on the radio dedicated solely to Lawrence County which will give any weather updates or information about local disasters.
The radios were brought through a grant from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, he said.

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