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Understanding Clean and Green Lycoming County Assessment Office 48 West Third Street Williamsport PA 17701 (570) 327-2301 DISCLAIMER: The material contained in this booklet is intended to provide only general information concerning the Pennsylvanian Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974, as amended by Act 156 of 1998 and as amended by Act 235 of 2004. This handout is NOT intended, nor should it be interpreted by the reader, to offer any legal advice or express any legal opinion of how the Act will be interpreted under normal or special circumstances the reader may face. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL IN ORDER FOR YOU TO FULLY UNDERSTAND YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THIS ACT. This booklet…show more content…
The Clean and Green law also states that the Use Value must reflect the potential of the individual parcel to produce, based upon soil capability. Another way to explain Use Value is the amount of money that a prudent investor might invest in an acre of land and receive a reasonable rate of return from the land use itself. 6. WHO DETERMINES CLEAN AND GREEN USE VALUES? Each year, the Department of Agriculture publishes maximum Use Values for each county. Counties may apply Use Values lower than the State maximums as long as the are applied uniformly to all properties and are supportable by county appraisers. 7. DO I GET A TAX REDUCTION ON MY BUILDING(S) UNDER CLEAN AND GREEN? Partially. The Clean and Green program primarily benefits the land portion of the assessment. The value of the residence and commercial buildings is not affected by Clean and Green. The 1998 amendment to Clean and Green now requires counties to use the contributory value methodology when appraising farm or outbuildings. 8. DOES THE USE VALUE ASSESSMENT AFFECT ALL OR PART OF MY TAXES? All. If the Clean and Green application is approved, then the Use Value assessment will be used when computing all county, municipal, and school real estate taxes. 9. IS THE LAND UNDER MY HOUSE AND OUTBUILDINGS ELIGIBLE FOR USE VALUE ASSESSMENT?
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