Utility Sues Pa. County For Claiming Water Tower Is Taxable

Law360 (May 24, 2021, 3:08 PM EDT) -- An Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, assessment board wrongly valued a piece of land at more than $1 million because a water tower, pipes and pumping equipment should be exempt from property taxes, Pennsylvania American Water Co. told a state court.

Penn American filed an appeal of the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals' valuation of the water tower off Bellbridge Road in Lincoln Borough, arguing that the county had valued the buildings on the land at more than $800,000, despite the Public Utility Realty Tax Act allegedly making such improvements tax-exempt.

"The board's decision is contrary to law in that water...

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