Somerset County to begin collecting blight-busting fee on deeds, mortgages

By: Mark Pesto, Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

Published: November 1, 2017

SOMERSET – In an effort to make a dent in the number of blighted properties in the region, the Somerset County Board of Commissioners resolved Tuesday to begin assessing a fee that will fund the demolition of falling-down and dilapidated structures in the county.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the county recorder of deeds, Patricia Peifer, will begin charging and collecting $15 for each deed or mortgage her office handles.

That money will be deposited into the new Somerset County Demolition Fund and will be used to demolish blighted structures throughout the county.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 152 of 2016, also known as the Recorder of Deeds law, into law last November, authorizing counties to assess a special deed and mortgage recording fee for the purpose of establishing a county demolition fund.

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