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PLNA Members Get Tax Refunds on High Tunnels

May 5, 2014
HARRISBURG - PLNA members who have checked their tax assessment records and found that their high tunnels were being taxed are now receiving refunds from their counties, some into many thousands of dollars. Some counties had begun to tax high tunnels but two PLNA-backed laws that were signed by Governor Corbett in December clarify that high tunnels are not subject to real estate taxes... (more)

New High Tunnel Laws: Potential Glitch?

February 26, 2014
HARRISBURG - There is a potential glitch in the implementation of the new high tunnels laws, Acts 114 and 130 of 2013. These new laws clarify that high tunnels are not subject to real estate taxes. Both laws take effect 60 days after they were signed into law by the governor on December 18 and 23, which for Act 114 was February 16 and Act 130 February 21. The problem may come in that 2014 county real estate bills may have been issued before those effective dates... (more)

You Could Save Thousands on Your Real Estate Tax Bill this Year!

January 2, 2014
HARRISBURG - Two bills proposed by PLNA to prevent real estate taxes on high tunnels were signed into law by the Governor on December 18 and 23, 2013. High tunnels are the plastic covered structures used widely in the landscape and nursery industry to extend the growing season and over-winter plants. Several counties in Pennsylvania had begun to levy real estate taxes on high tunnels... (more)

PA House and Senate Exempt High Tunnels from Real Estate Taxes

December 12, 2013 
HARRISBURG - This past week the Pennsylvania House and Senate sent two bills to the Governor for his signature that exempt high tunnels and hoop houses from real estate taxes, SB 638 and HB 1439. Both bills received unanimous approval in both houses... (more

High Tunnel Bills May Pass before Thanksgiving

November 4, 2013
HARRISBURG - According to House and Senate Agriculture Committee staff, bills (SB 638 and HB 1439) assuring that high tunnels (hoop houses) will not be subject to real estate taxes may pass before Thanksgiving... (more)

Talks on High Tunnel Bills Progress

October 14, 2013
HARRISBURG - The four bills that are active in the General Assembly that would clarify that high tunnels are not subject to real estate taxes or the Uniform Construction Code may be moving again. The bills stalled in June over differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills... (more)

The Harrisburg August Doldrums

August 12, 2013
HARRISBURG – Even though not much is happening on the General Assembly calendar during August, PLNA continues to work with legislators and staff to position your issues for action this fall. PLNA’s key legislative priority, assuring that high tunnels (hoop houses) are not taxed a real estate, stalled in late June when the House and Senate agriculture committees could not reach agreement on bill language. Hopefully, the summer will bring a fresh perspective and the bills can be moved to the Governor’s desk for signature in the fall... (more)

High Tunnel Bills Stall as General Assembly Breaks for Summer

July 7, 2013
HARRISBURG - A set of bills to clarify that high tunnels are not subject to real estate taxes in Pennsylvania stalled amid a dispute over bill language between the Senate and House agriculture committees, leaving the high tunnel bills in limbo... (more)

High Tunnel Bills Clear House Ag Committee Unanimously

June 14, 2013
HARRISBURG - A set of three bills written to clarify that high tunnels are not subject to real estate taxes, were reported out of the state House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee by unanimous votes last Tuesday. The bills now move to the House floor, where committee chairman, John Maher (R - Allegheny) expects a vote by the full house this week... (more)

High Tunnel Bill Clears Senate 49-0

May 6, 2013
HARRISBURG - Senate Bill 638, which would exempt high tunnels or hoop houses from county or other local real estate taxes, passed the Senate April 30 with no dissenting votes, 49-0. The bill now moves to the House for consideration by that chamber... (more)

House Develops Version of High Tunnel Bills

April 5, 2013
HARRISBURG - Last week, Representative John Maher (R - Allegheny) directed his staff to develop a series of bills that would exempt high tunnels from real estate taxes, sales and use taxes and the Uniform Construction Code. Maher is the chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural affairs Committee... (more)

High Tunnel Legislation Broadens

March 6, 2013
HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to clarify that high tunnels are temporary structures not subject to real estate taxes in Pennsylvania is being broadened to include exemption of the structures from the Uniform Construction Code and sales and use taxes... (more)

Counties Tax Hoop Houses as Real Property

February 6, 2013
HARRISBURG - A disturbing trend to tax hoop houses as real property seems to be gaining momentum among counties. PLNA member Fairview Evergreen Nurseries in Erie County found their tax assessment jump when they installed new hoop houses for their container operation... (more)
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