Beaver County Chief Solicitor Bernie Rabik is now living in a condominium on a golf course in Hopewell Township he purchased last year with his wife — a search by the Beaver Countian of county tax records shows the property has not been properly appraised for tax purposes.
Records maintained by the Beaver County Assessment and Tax Claims Office show that Bernie Rabik purchased a condominium nestled within the Shadow Lakes golf course in Hopewell Township (Unit 105-A) on October 29th of last year. Rabik recently told the Beaver Countian that he and his wife have already moved into the premises and had placed their previous house on the market.
County records show that Rabik paid $371,500 for the condominium. Tax Claims records show the parcel has a total assessed value for property tax purposes of just $850. A breakdown of the records shows the land is assessed at $850 and the building has a $0 assessed value, apparently having never been updated after construction of the townhome style dwelling was completed. County records still show the land use as “non-residential.”
Rosemary Smolar of the Beaver County Assessment Office told the Beaver Countian they were never notified that construction on the previously undeveloped parcel had been completed, much less that there were already people living in the home. “We usually keep tabs on things like this but we are down to just one person,” said Smolar. “We were never notified that construction was completed, we have no record of that […] It should have been assessed last year. I will take care of it by writing up a request; eventually a supervisor will have someone look into it and start the process of having it properly assessed.”
Assessment records show that a nearby condominium unit (105-D) was purchased by former Beaver County Coroner Wayne Tatalovich in August of last year for $325,000 — that property was assessed and assigned a value for tax purposes of $59,900.
In Beaver County, assessed values for property tax purposes are equal to fifty-percent of the appraised fair market value based on a system implemented in 1982 (See: County Property Tax Assessments Favor Newer Homes & Wealthier Communities).
County Assessment records show that Rabik’s previous home is assessed at a total of $59,100 for tax purposes. Real estate site Zillow.com shows Rabik currently has the house listed on the market for $297,800.
Beaver County is presently defending against a lawsuit filed by local real estate tycoon CJ Betters, who is seeking to have every property in the county reassessed due to alleged inequities in the methodology used to collect taxes. The county is being represented in that litigation by Chief Solicitor Bernie Rabik.