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Registrations Continue For Veterans Discount Program

July 18th, 2016 Comments off

vetdiscountMilitary veterans may still register to receive discounts on products and services from local businesses participating in the first-ever Potter County Veterans Discount Program. Several businesses have been added to the registry of those who offer discounts on products and services. Currently on the list are these:

  • Coudersport: Always In Bloom, Cheryl A. Beichner CPA, Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy, E&G Auto Plus, Fox’s Pizza Den, Hauber’s Jewelry, Jackson’s Gift Shop, Jenigen’s Auto Body, Kaytee’s Family Restaurant, Laurelwood Inn & Steakhouse, Mitchell’s Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Mosch’s Country Tavern, Olson Tenglund NAPA Auto Parts, Potter County Outfitters, Wagner Ace Hardware
  • Galeton: Heart’s Desire
  • Shinglehouse: Howard’s Home Furnishings & Sporting Supplies
  • Austin: Big Mike’s Dairy Dine, Goodwin’s Garage
  • Costello: The Costello Inn
  • Ulysses: Carrine’s Custom Apparel, Corner Café, Creative Style Salon, Nostalgia
  • Brookland: Oak Hall Bed & Breakfast

To register, veterans should provide full name, mailing address, and contact information (telephone and email, if possible) to the county’s Office of Veterans Affairs. There are three ways to apply: 1. send required information by an email address to Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Bill Simpson at wsimpson@pottercountypa.net; 2. send regular mail to Veterans Affairs, Gunzburger Building, 1 N. Main St., Coudersport PA 16915; 3. call Director Simpson at 814-274-8290, extension 210, to schedule an appointment or obtain additional information. Office hours are 8:30 to 4:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, or by appointment.

Each veteran who registers for the program receives a membership card that must be shown at participating businesses to qualify for a discount. Veterans will also receive a brochure that identifies participating businesses by name and address, along with the particulars of their discount offer. Under the program, merchants and professional service providers extend discounts – typically 10 percent or more – to Potter County veterans. Certain restrictions may apply. Businesses wishing to sign up or learn more about the program should call 814-274-8290, extension 207, or send email to dwooster@pottercountypa.net. The program is being administered by the Potter County Veterans Service Committee. Members are Veterans Affairs Director Bill Simpson, Commissioner Paul Heimel, and Executive Secretary Dawn Wooster.

PILT Hike Will Bring $650,000 More Annually To Potter

July 10th, 2016 Comments off

School Distrcit PILTMunicipality PILT

Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed into law a 67-percent increase of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) for state forest and park lands. It’s contained in Fiscal Code amendments passed by the legislature as part of the 2016-17 budget approval. The PILT increase will apply to lands currently owned by the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) – increasing their total annual PILT amount from the current $3.60 to $6.00 per acre. The increase will take effect on July 1, 2017. Of the new $6.00 PILT per acre on DCNR land, $2.00 will go to the municipality, school district and county where the land is located. While the new PILT increase applies to DCNR land, the $3.60 figure remains in place for property owned by the Pa. Fish & Boat Commission and Pa. Game Commission.  These higher PILT payments will provide significant tax relief to some of Pennsylvania’s most stressed communities, particularly those in rural areas, according to the Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition, which issued this statement: “We express our appreciation to supportive Senate and House members, Governor Wolf, and the many other people — too numerous to mention — who pulled together to make this mission a success. We believe that, in the final analysis, dedicated elected officials who became aware of our plight over the past two-plus years pulled together in a bipartisan manner to advance this PILT increase because they recognized that it was the right thing to do. “

The higher PILT translates into an additional $650,000 annually coming to Potter County’s school districts, townships and the county government itself. Potter County Planning/GIS Director Will Hunt has prepared maps and charts showing the increased revenue each taxing body will receive. Shown at left is the school district map (click on image twice to make it larger). Austin Area School District will receive $269,000 under the new formula, which is a $127,600 increase from the current PILT. Galeton Area School District is slated to receive $122,226 annually, up from the current $73,335. Coudersport Area School District will see a $38,000 annual increase. Northern Potter will receive another $18,000. The county government will get a $216,420 increase from the current annual payments. A breakdown of municipal payments can be found in the map at right (click on image twice).