LERTA Opportunities

A Creative Way to Implement Strategic Financial Opportunities

The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Act, Act 76 of 1977, P.L. 237; 72 P.S. § 4722, is a creative way to implement strategic financial opportunities for communities that desire property owner driven revitalization. Many Pennsylvania municipalities have developed a LERTA program for their communities to encourage this beneficial reinvestment. Municipalities that have LERTA sites grant property owners a tax incentive to improve their properties within an area designated for revitalization.

The geographic boundaries of Westmoreland County’s LERTA opportunities include areas in New Stanton Borough and North Huntingdon, Penn, South Huntingdon and Unity Townships.

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While the specific terms of the tax abatement is decided at the local level, state legislation enables municipalities to exempt the value of all improvements made to a property (i.e. an exemption on the assessment attributable to the actual cost of such new construction or improvements) from local taxes for up to 10 years. Unlike other tax-abatement programs, properties still pay a local tax, but during the abatement period do not see any increase in local taxes based upon the value of renovations made to the property within the LERTA boundary. The property owner is still obligated to pay property taxes on the assessed value of the land. Note: If approved, LERTA applicants receive the full term of incentives, even if the LERTA application period expires before the incentive term does.

Specific terms of the abatement incentive for each participating municipality in Westmoreland are as follows:

 LERTA-Eligible Properties
Incentive Terms
Derry Township
 LERTA applications accepted
 through Dec. 31, 2024.
 All properties zoned as commercial, industrial and business real estate. 5-Year, 100% Abatement
East Huntingdon Township
LERTA applications accepted
 through 06/30/2024.
Westmoreland Distribution Park East/West6-Year Escalating Program
Years 1 & 2 — 100%
Year 3 — 75%
Year 4 — 50%
Year 5 — 30%
Year 6 — 15%
City of Jeannette
LERTA applications accepted through 5/31/2025.
19 LERTA Districts. Click here to view the city's LERTA map.3-year, 100% abatement
New Stanton Borough
LERTA applications accepted
 through 2/23/2036.

New Stanton Technology Park5-Year, 100% Abatement
North Huntingdon Township
No deadline for LERTA
Industrial Park IV
Choose one of two options:
A.) Three-year 100% abatement, or
B.) 5-Year Escalating Program:
     Year 1 — 100%
     Year 2 — 80%
     Year 3 — 60%
     Year 4 — 40%
     Year 5 — 20%
Penn Township
LERTA applications accepted
through 6/20/2029.
Bushy Run Corporate Park
Industrial Park III
Lot at Route 130 & Pleasant Valley Road
5-Year Escalating Program
Years 1-3 — 100%
Year 4 — 50%
Year 5 — 25%
Scottdale Borough
LERTA applications accepted
 through 06/24/2041
All properties within the borough's Downtown LERTA Map.
All properties within the Scottdale Historical District Map.
All properties zoned I-1 General Industries.
All properties approved for Institutional Conversions.
Any industrial, commercial or business property that the borough
has ordered to be vacated, condemned or demolished.
These specific properties: Wellspring Church, Central Grade
Building, Scottdale American Legion building.
5-Year Escalating Program
Years 1 & 2 — 100%
Year 3 — 75%
Year 4 — 50%
Year 5 — 25%
South Huntingdon Township
No deadline for LERTA
I-70 Industrial Park
7-Year Escalating Program
Year 1 — 100%
Year 2 — 100%
Year 3 — 100%
Years 4-7 — 50%*
* Only the school district and county
 offer tax-abatement for Years 4-7.
 Property owner is responsible for
 paying full township property tax
 during those years.

Unity Township
LERTA applications accepted
 through 8/18/2026.

Eastpoint Technology Park of Kennametal
Westmoreland Airpark
Wimmer Industrial Park
Any property zoned M-1 Manufacturing
8-Year Escalating Program
Year 1 — 100%
Year 2 — 87.5%
Year 3 — 75%
Year 4 — 62.5%
Year 5 — 50%
Year 6 — 37.5%
Year 7 — 25%
Year 8 — 12.5%

Westmoreland Development Council

Fifth Floor, Suite 520
40 N Pennsylvania Ave
Greensburg, PA 15601
Ph: (724) 830-3061
Fx: (724) 830-3611