More Luzerne County assessment reductions granted


3 properties see combined $1.5M in reductions

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - [email protected]



The Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, seen in this 2011 file photo, recently received an assessment reduction.


Times Leader file photo

The Lion Brewery on North Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes-Barre recently obtained a $410,700 assessment reduction, Luzerne County records show.

The assessment decreased from $1.1 million to $695,000 on the 4.19-acre brewery property.

The county must refund a combined $14,730 in taxes the Lion Brewery paid the last seven years because the company’s assessment challenge was filed at the time of the 2009 countywide reassessment.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District also must issue a separate refund for those years.

Wilkes-Barre is not impacted because the city never agreed to use county assessed values for city taxation.

The continued settlement of larger commercial appeals — many dating back to the reassessment — has strained county finances. The county spent more than $1.25 million on refunds for commercial cases resolved since 2014.

Properties advance to court-level mediation when the owners contest county assessment appeals board rulings. At mediation, property owners negotiate with county assistant solicitor David Schwager, who requires appraisals.

The county budgeted $750,000 for assessment appeal refunds in 2016.

Refunds also were granted to two other commercial properties in January, according to a posting by county acting Manager C. David Pedri:

• A truck terminal property on Frederick Street, Wilkes-Barre, owned by Arkansas-based Carolina Freight Carriers Corp. was reduced from $861,400 to $595,000, resulting in a total $12,437 refund of county taxes paid from 2008 through 2015.

The property is 4.29 acres.

• The assessment of the Hampton Inn Hazleton in Sugarloaf Township was lowered from $6.1 million to $5.9 million. Property owner M & B Inn Partners of Montoursville will receive a combined county tax refund of $13,841 covering the last eight years. The property is 4.56 acres.

The Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, seen in this 2011 file photo, recently received an assessment reduction.
http://psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_LionBrewery1.jpgThe Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, seen in this 2011 file photo, recently received an assessment reduction. Times Leader file photo
3 properties see combined $1.5M in reductions

By Jennifer Learn-Andes

[email protected]

Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.

Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.

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