DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Availability of Local Real Estate Tax Reimbursement Grants for Taxes Paid in 2011
[41 Pa.B. 6055]
[Saturday, November 5, 2011]
The Department of Transportation (Department), Bureau of Aviation (Bureau), is accepting applications for Tax Reimbursement Grants (grant) from qualifying owners of public airports who have paid local real estate taxes for the calendar year ending December 31, 2011.
Each year, under 74 Pa.C.S. Chapter 61, Subchapter B (relating to reimbursement of local real estate taxes for public airports) and 67 Pa. Code Chapter 477 (relating to local real estate tax reimbursement grants), the owner of a public airport shall be eligible for a grant from the local real estate tax reimbursement portion of the Aviation Restricted Account. These grants are available to reimburse airport owners for local real estate taxes paid on those portions of an airport which are aviation related areas, as defined in 74 Pa.C.S. § 5102 (relating to definitions). Prior to applying for a grant, each public airport owner shall enter into an agreement with the Department. This agreement shall specify that the owner shall continue, for a period of not less than 10 years, to maintain the property, for which the grant will be sought, as an airport at least equal in size and capacity as indicated in the owner's initial grant application. This agreement shall be a covenant, which runs with the land and shall apply to any subsequent purchases of land. Upon acceptance of any grant, the covenant shall be deemed extended for 1 additional year. Any violation of the agreement shall make the owner liable for the repayment of the total appropriation for the year plus a penalty of two times the grant. In any action wherein the owner is found to have violated the agreement, the Department shall receive all costs of prosecution.
The final date for submission of applications for reimbursement of local real estate taxes paid in the calendar year ending December 31, 2011, is the close of business on February 1, 2012. Applications shall be filed with the Bureau using dotGrants, the Department's web based grants administration program. For more detailed information, review the information on the Department's web site at www.dot.state.pa.us.
Interested persons may direct their request for online participation, inquiries or comments regarding the local real estate tax reimbursement program to Karen Heath, Western Region at (717) 705-1205 or Catherine Green, Eastern Region at (717) 705-1222.
BARRY J. SCHOCH, P.E.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 11-1893. Filed for public inspection November 4, 2011, 9:00 a.m.]
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