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Letter to the Editor: Does Clarion County Really Need to be Millions More in Debt?

Sunday, July 20, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

Posted by exploreClarion

Your Real Estate Taxes will surely be climbing in a few years thanks to the proposed and unnecessary annex to the Courthouse.

Not too long ago the Commissioners recommended that the County purchase the building that had housed the first Clarion Hospital. It was urged to the citizens that this building would take care of the need for more office space. Thus a property was removed from its requirement to pay real estate taxes. Currently, it is understood that there are some empty spaces there and some offices are being rented to other entities!

Fairly recently the former L & R building, currently called the Administration Building, was said to be a necessary purchase because it would now take care of all the needs of the County for additional office space. All the while, extra space in the building is being rented to non-county entities.

Purchasing that building by the county prevented the opportunity for private ownership which could have put the $1.2 million building back on the real estate tax rolls.

And the now its usage seems to include even more vacant space!

The urgency of acquiring more office space does not seem as imminent as we are hearing.

Why haven’t the problems of repairing or replacing the roofs of the former hospital building and the present jail been done in all this time! Maintenance problems such as these and others should not continue to be ignored.

Please speak out and let our Commissioners understand that we don’t want any more unnecessary buildings. Especially, an expensive and awkward annex, to incur an increase in our citizens’ real estate taxes!

Bonnie Sweitzer
Clarion, Pa.

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