North Strabane Township accepts terms of settlement

July 23, 2013

North Strabane Township became the last of three taxing bodies to accept the terms of a $3.9 million settlement with The Meadows Racetrack & Casino at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. The board voted unanimously to settle the property assessment case, which requires the township to pay a tax refund of $310,830 to the casino within 60 days.

The township, which has the smallest stake in the casino’s property taxes and did not participate in settlement discussions, approved the settlement more than a month after it was approved by Canon-McMillan School District board members. The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved the settlement last week.

Township supervisors also voted Tuesday to table a vote on an oil and gas lease agreement between the township and either Range Resources or Rice Energy.

The board went into an executive session at the end of the non-legislative meeting last week to discuss which company, if any, should be granted a lease for non-surface occupancy on 81.8 acres of land on Route 519.

Chairman Stephen Motzer said the board is still discussing a potential lease.

“I don’t think we’re at a time when we can approve or reject,” Motzer said.

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.

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