By Keith Gushard
Pymatuning State Park may grow by 18 acres under a plan made public Tuesday at the Crawford County Board of Commissioners’ meeting.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to buy an 18.03-acre parcel adjoining the park west of Jamestown. The land is located near Adams Road and Route 322 in West Shenango Township.
“The parcel is important as it provides a buffer to our family cabin area and completes the park boundary to the highway,” Dan Bickel, park manager for Pymatuning State Park, wrote in an email to commissioners. State parks are operated by the DCNR. A purchase price for the land was not mentioned in the material submitted to the commissioners and Bickel was not immediately available for comment.
The funding source for the program, Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener II program, requires county commissioner approval since the parcel borders less than 66.6 percent park property, Bickel wrote.
After completion of the purchase, the park will add the 18.03 acre site to a list of parcels for which it pays a fee in lieu of taxes, Bickel said.
Crawford County is scheduled to receive $41,836.18 in fees in lieu of property tax revenue for 2014 from Pennsylvania for Pymatuning State Park, according to records from the Crawford County Finance Department. The county list includes properties in Conneaut, North Shenango, Pine, South Shenango and West Shenango townships.
If the purchase of the 18.03-acre site in West Shenango Township is completed, there would be no loss of revenue for the taxing municipalities. Another $222.43 would be added in fees in lieu of property taxes to the county, based on the current county real estate millage of 18.85, according to the Crawford County Assessment Office.
Conneaut School District would receive $509.17 based on its current real estate millage rate of 43.15 mills, though the district hasn’t given final approval to its 2014-2015 budget and tax rate, according to the assessment office.
West Shenango Township would receive $41.30 based on its current millage rate of 3.5 mills.
County commissioners are expected to act on the request at their meeting June 20.
Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at email@example.com.