City of Monessen, PA
Westmoreland County
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[Adopted 8-11-1982 by Ord. No. 3-1982]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DETERIORATED PROPERTY
Any industrial, commercial or other business property owned by an individual, association or corporation and located within the deteriorated area boundaries, as hereinafter provided.[1]
IMPROVEMENT
Repair, construction or reconstruction, including alterations and additions, having the effect of rehabilitating a deteriorated property. Ordinary upkeep and maintenance shall not be deemed to be an improvement.
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 350-39.
The following area shall be designated as a deteriorated area for the purpose of this article:
Beginning at a point of intersection of the south right-of-way line of East Schoonmaker Avenue with the west right-of-way line of Monongahela Street; THENCE, northeasterly along the west right-of-way line of Monongahela Street to a point, said point being the intersection of the south side of the property line of the Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation and the west right-of-way of Monongahela Street; THENCE, southwesterly along the aforementioned Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation property line to the north right-of-way line of the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge; THENCE, east along the north right-of-way line of the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge to a point, said point being the intersection of the north right-of-way line of the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge and the east right-of-way line of Pennsylvania State Route 906; THENCE, in a northeasterly direction along the east right-of-way line of Pennsylvania State Route 906 to a point, said point being the intersection of State Route 906 and south right-of-way-line of Monongahela Street, to a point of beginning.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation desiring a tax exemption for a proposed improvement to a property located within the aforementioned deteriorated area shall apply to the City for said exemption concurrent with the time a building permit is requested. Said application must be in writing and on forms specified by the City of Monessen.
B. 
The following information shall be supplied:
(1) 
Date of issue of the building permit.
(2) 
Location of the property to be improved.
(3) 
Nature of the improvements to the property.
(4) 
A design and/or specifications of the improvements to be made.
(5) 
Cost of the improvements and the nature or source of the cost estimate.
(6) 
Verification that the property has been inspected by the City's Building Inspector.
C. 
A copy of said application for exemption shall be forwarded to City Council by the City Building Inspector. Within 30 days, Council shall determine whether an exemption is to be granted and shall so notify the taxpayer and the Westmoreland County Board of Assessment. The Council shall base its evaluation on information as supplied in Subsection B above and on the policy objectives of the City for the improvement of deteriorated areas.
D. 
If a project is not completed in the manner as described in the building permit, then the City reserves the right to revoke any tax exemption the City has previously granted.
A. 
Any exemption from property taxes granted by Council in accordance with § 350-40 of this article shall be limited to that portion of additional assessment attributable to the actual cost of improvements to deteriorated property.
B. 
Under no circumstances will an exemption be granted if the property owner does not secure any and all necessary permits prior to improving said property and if the property does not meet the minimum standards as specified in the City of Monessen's Building and Housing Codes.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 153, Building Construction, and Ch. 247, Housing Standards.
C. 
The schedule of real estate taxes to be exempted for improvements to deteriorated property, as approved by Council, shall be in accordance with the schedule as established below:
Year
Exemption
First year (first complete fiscal following completion of the improvements)
80%
Second year
60%
Third year
40%
Fourth year
20%
Fifth year and subsequent years
0%
D. 
The exemption granted is applied to the property and shall not terminate upon the sale or exchange of the property.
Nothing herein contained in this article shall be interpreted as affecting the terms and conditions of the Consent Order, as recorded on March 6, 1979, in the case of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel vs. The City of Monessen, the School District of the City of Monessen and the County of Westmoreland, as it relates to certain specified property which is located within the deteriorated area as heretofore set forth.