CLEARFIELD – During a discussion last month of Clearfield Borough’s financial study, council was informed that taxes were being paid on an alleyway that was allowed to be blocked more than 10 years ago by a private business.
Clearfield Borough Solicitor F. Cortez “Chip” Bell III said that as a result of that discovery, he will file for a tax appeal hearing on behalf of the borough.
The taxes were being paid on a portion of Healy Avenue that was closed in the early 1990s. At about the same time, Grice Gun Shop asked for and received permission to construct garage doors on the alley to allow for more security during deliveries.
Grice Gun Shop paid taxes on the structure, but Clearfield Borough paid taxes on the land. Clearfield Borough’s portion amounted to about $110 per year to the school district with an unavailable, yet significantly lower, amount going to the county.
“The tax office took the position that it was no longer for public use,” Bell said.
The borough retained ownership of the alley because of a sewer line running under it.
Clearfield Borough Council President Jim Leitzinger apologized to the business for any misunderstanding that might have come from the issue.