Township of White, PA
Indiana County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of White as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Assessment permits — See Ch. 92.
[Adopted 4-23-2003 by Res. No. R-4-03]

§ 94-1 Street light assessment policy.

A. 
It should be understood that the purpose of a street light is to illuminate the roadway and not an individual's property.
B. 
All property owners whose front and/or side property boundary lines, or portions thereof, are located within 250 feet radius of a public street light are considered to benefit from the street light, and such property owners shall be assessed by the Township for the cost of providing street light service.
C. 
The Township shall assess benefiting property owners on a foot-front basis. The assessment shall be by equal assessment on all properties within the subject lighting district in proportion to the number of feet the property fronts on the street, or portion thereof, being lighted.
D. 
The assessment for each foot front against vacant lots shall be only 25% of the assessment for each foot-front against property with improvements.
E. 
Where a property is located at an intersection of two streets, a full foot-front assessment as well as 25% of the side yard will be assessed, provided the side yard fronting the street is within the two-hundred-fifty-foot distance.
F. 
Regarding irregularly shaped lots, only the portion of the lot that is within the two-hundred-fifty-foot distance will be assessed.
G. 
Where, for taxing purposes, property owners have had two or more adjoining properties in common ownership "tied" together in order to facilitate real estate tax billing procedures, the Township shall consider the properties individual and separate until such time that the properties are legally joined through the land subdivision procedure.

§ 94-2 Fire hydrant assessment policy.

A. 
All property owners having buildings located within 780 feet, radius, of a public fire hydrant are considered to benefit from the fire hydrant and shall be assessed by the Township for the cost of providing fire hydrant service.
B. 
The Township shall assess benefiting property owners on a flat-rate, per-lot basis. The assessment shall be by equal assessment on all properties containing buildings within the subject hydrant district. Where multiple buildings are located on one property (for example, two or more multifamily or commercial buildings on one property), the Township, at their sole discretion, may assign an equal assessment to each individual building on the property.
C. 
There shall be no assessment against vacant lots. Where, for taxing purposes, property owners have had two or more adjoining properties in common ownership "tied" together in order to facilitate real estate tax billing procedures, the Township shall consider the properties individual and separate until such time that the properties are legally joined through the land subdivision procedure.
D. 
Property owner(s) may elect to install hydrants for their benefit without seeking a petition from neighboring property owners provided they agree to pay the full cost of the hydrant(s) being requested and provided the hydrant is situated within a public road right-of-way. In this case, neighboring property owners will not be assessed for the benefit of the hydrant, although the installed hydrant will be available for their emergency use if needed. The location of the hydrant within the public road right-of-way shall be at the sole discretion of the Township, the Fire Chief, and the water utility.
E. 
An assessment on a property may be removed where a property owner has obtained a building permit to remove all buildings on the property and has, in fact, completed the removal of the buildings.