[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Halfmoon as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-22-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-6; amended in its entirety 1-2-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-1 (Ch. 99, Art. I, of the 1994 Code)]
This article shall be known as the "Halfmoon Township Streetlighting District Ordinance."
This article is adopted pursuant to the authority of Section 702, cls. I and II, of the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S. § 65702. The purpose of this article is to provide lighting to the Stormstown Streetlighting District and to charge the cost thereof to the benefitted landowners as requested by the petitioning landowners.
On April 9, 1990, a petition was presented to the Board of Supervisors of Halfmoon Township by residents and landowners requesting the Township to provide streetlights on a portion of State Route 550 in Stormstown between Centre County Tax Map Parcels 17-1-5A on the west and 17-1-17 on the east. The petition was signed by landowners owning more than 70% of the front footage along said portion of Route 550 to be illuminated. The petition further stated:
Editor's Note: See now 53 P.S. § 67003(a)(2).
The petition was accepted, and on August 13, 1990, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. 1990-31 authorizing the Board of Supervisors to enter into an agreement with West Penn Company for the provision of streetlights in Stormstown. Certain poles were subsequently designated, and on August 31, 1990, an agreement was executed by West Penn Power Company providing for 11 mercury vapor standard units to be erected. The lighting was installed and billing by West Penn Power Company for costs commenced September 14, 1990.
There is hereby established a streetlighting district pursuant to Section 702, cls. I and II, of the Second Class Township Code, as amended, 53 P.S. § 65702, to be known as the "Stormstown Streetlighting District." Said streetlighting district shall consist of the Centre County Tax Map Parcels listed in § 207-5E of this article.
There is hereby levied and imposed a uniform annual assessment consisting of the annual cost of streetlighting for the Stormstown Streetlighting District.
Such assessment shall consist of the annual cost of streetlighting charged by West Penn Power for the previous year.
Said cost shall be assessed pro rata against the benefitted properties according to the front-foot method. Subsection E below identifies the front footage (Column 2) of each Tax Map Parcel (Column 1) and the percentage of annual cost (Column 3) to be assessed against each Tax Map parcel.
The initial period of assessment shall include the period from the installation of the streetlighting, September 14, 1990, to the end of the first full calendar year, December 31, 1991. The total cost of streetlighting charged by West Penn Power for this period is $1,439.84. Column 4 of Subsection E shows the amount of the initial assessment for this period.
After the initial assessment as set forth in Subsection C above, the annual cost for the streetlighting as charged by West Penn Power for the previous calendar year shall be assessed pro rata against each Tax Map parcel in the district by multiplying the percentage for each parcel in Column 3 times the actual annual cost of streetlighting charged by West Penn Power.
The following chart shows, in Column 1, each Tax Map parcel in the Stormstown Street Lighting District; in Column 2, the front footage of each Tax Map Parcel as shown on the Centre County Tax Maps; in Column 3, the percentage of annual cost to be paid by each benefitted parcel; and in Column 4, the assessment computed for each parcel to be paid for the initial period.
Cost figures for the last few months of each calendar year must be supplied to the assessment office prior to the end of the year and thus are estimates. Any changes in these estimates will be added to or subtracted from the following year's costs in order to adjust the total to reflect actual costs.
The annual assessment for streetlighting shall be collected by the Tax Collector in the same manner as Township real estate taxes are collected, and if such assessment is uncollected, the same shall be a lien and shall be collectible in the same manner as other municipal claims. The assessment shall be billed on the annual real estate bill for general purposes.
This article confirms, ratifies and readopts the Halfmoon Township Streetlight Ordinance adopted November 22, 1991, with corrections to § 207-5 as per the latest information from the assessment office.