Butler County Property Tax & Assessment

Butler County weighs 12% tax increase

Dec. 14, 2015
The lame-duck board of Butler County Commissioners is considering a 12 percent tax increase for 2016 to cover rising expenses and make up for a drop in revenue. The three newly elected commissioners, however, are “likely” to reopen the budget once they take office in January. Chief Clerk Amy Wilson presented the $61.6 million in general fund budget Wednesday. It represents 41 percent of the county's $150.6 million total budget. The budget increases taxes by 3 mills and uses $3.4 million in reserve funds to cover expenses and close a $4.4 million budget gap. About $732,000 will be left in reserve. The tax hike would mean an additional $65 a year for the average homeowner, Wilson said. Read more

Allegheny County real estate tax rates compared

Dec 26, 2014
Trafford, Wilkinsburg and Brentwood borough residents pay the most taxes on a $100,000 home in Allegheny County, with South Versailles Township, Franklin Park and Marshall Township paying the least. Data from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, individual county and municipal websites and the Business Times Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools was used to gather current millage rates for the 459 municipalities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Read more

Assessment appeals could cost Butler Area

Nov. 15, 2014
Two large businesses in the Butler Area School District are appealing their real estate assessments, which could reduce annual tax revenue to the district by more than $200,000. The Clearview Mall in Center Township and AK Steel in Butler and Butler Township are the two biggest properties in the school district, said Tom King, the district's solicitor. “They are also the two most highly assessed companies in the school district,” he said. Under the current county assessment, AK Steel's property is valued at nearly $3 million. The Clearview Mall is assessed at $6.7 million. AK's appeal claims the value of its properties is $957,600, according to Chris Savage, director of property and revenue assessment in Butler County. Read more

Tax-exempt properties cost Butler County nearly $6M in revenue

Oct 6, 2013
Nearly 3,100 tax-exempt properties cost Butler County about $6 million in property tax revenue each year, said chief assessor Chris Savage. Tax-exempt properties include everything from churches to cemeteries to schools to housing authority property. Along bustling Route 228 in Cranberry, several large developments are tax-exempt, including the sprawling Westinghouse Electric Co. headquarters and the under-construction home of the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. UPMC, a nonprofit health care provider and insurer, said it doesn't expect to seek tax-exempt status for its $72 million sports medicine facility being built in Cranberry at Interstate 79 and Route 228. Read more

Butler County district officials agree to 'payments in lieu of taxes'

May 25, 2013
Mars Area School District officials said they risked losing more than $400,000 a year if they didn't team with two municipalities and Butler County in accepting reduced tax payments and removing $4 million in property owned by a retirement community from real estate tax rolls. Officials from Mars schools, Adams, Valencia and the county agreed to accept a shrinking scale of so-called “payments in lieu of taxes” beginning with the 2013-14 school year from the St. Barnabas Health System, which touts itself as the largest retirement and health care community of its kind in Pennsylvania. Read more

Location, location, location: Cranberry really has it

Two-thirds of the more than $300 million in development in Butler County during the past year occurred in the Cranberry area, where much of the growth resulted from the 2009 relocation of Westinghouse. Township officials say growth in the southwestern part of the county includes stores, offices, schools and churches, valued at $120 million. With home construction and infrastructure work, the value tops $200 million. The Westinghouse move from Allegheny County brought with it more than 3,000 jobs. Some of the development is radiating outward, into adjoining communities — for example, the Buncher Co. development at Jackson Pointe Commerce Park in Jackson and new housing in Adams. But no portion of the county has grown like Cranberry, at the intersection of Interstate 79, the turnpike and routes 228 and 19. Read more