Warren County Commissioners approve tax exempt settlement

The Warren County Commissioners have approved a settlement agreement with subsidiaries of Journey Health regarding the tax exempt status of several Warren County properties.

The agreement has numerous parties — companies including the Children’s Home of Bradford, Pa., Ramsbottom Center, Inc. and Deerfield Behavioral Health — with a shared address of 800 E. Main St., Bradford, as well as governmental entities including the county Board of Assessment Appeals, City of Warren, Conewango Township, the county and the Warren County School District.

All entities are signatories to the agreement and it is unclear how many of the entities have consented to the settlement.

The agreement indicates that Children’s Home and Ramsbottom filed a petition on Dec. 8, 2016 “seeking property tax exemptions for their several parcels of real property….”

While the agreement indicates that “the parties disagree regarding the taxable status” of the properties, the agreement indicates that four properties will be deemed tax exempt and three will remain taxable.

The four to be deemed tax exempt? Children’s Home properties located at 585 E. Main St. in Youngsville, the Beacon Light residential treatment center, and 2505 Jackson Run Road and two parcels owned by Ramsbottom located at 362 Kinzua Rd.

The properties to remain taxable include Children’s Home properties at 1885 Market St. — the Beacon Light facility in the former Quality Markets in Conewango Township — and 121 Central Ave. in the City of Warren as well as Deerfield’s property at 514 W. Third Ave.

At the Conewango Township property, the agreement stipulates that taxes will be paid on a prorated basis “for that portion… that is subject to a third-party lease” and is to be calculated based on the square footage of the space being leased.

“The parties agree that the property owners’ properties shall retain their taxable status for tax year 2018,” the agreement indicates.