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Investigative Report: Chief County Solicitor’s $371,000 Condo Still Appraised At $850 For Tax Purposes

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.

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Records from the Beaver County Assessment & Tax Claims Office
Records from the Beaver County Assessment & Tax Claims Office

Records from the Beaver County Assessment & Tax Claims Office
Records from the Beaver County Assessment & Tax Claims Office

John Paul
John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Lori Baylis Boord
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Lori Baylis Boord

County has been crooked for many years and nothing is ever done

Ron jonson
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Ron jonson

Google beaver county salaries but make sure you are sitting. They have social workers making 80, 90 and 100,000

Angrytp
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Angrytp

OMG I saw these salaries and had a heart attack!!! PLEASE does anyone know how we can pass these onto more taxpayers???? You can find the list by googling BEAVER COUNTY SALARIES!!!! Can I get some opinions here???? Does anyone care?? WHAT A CRIME!!!!!!

Gary Gardner
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Gary Gardner

No surprise..

Bill LeBlanc
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Bill LeBlanc

Color me shocked…..lol. I guess the best idea is to check the status of a piece of property. Then build on a cheap one. You could save almost 1/3rd the value of the property in 30 years. Seems that some have learned how not to pay their fair share….interesting that politicians seem not to have the reaccessments done? Hmmmmm could that be a crooked practice.

Guy Celeste
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Guy Celeste

Oh come on, quit picking on these wonderful wonderful people that have all this pull in that Court House, CLEAN HOUSE SANDY!!!!

Uncle Wah Wah
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Uncle Wah Wah

Let me guess, Chuck Betters sees these inequities going on around the county and feels that he should be paying MORE in property taxes, right?

You read these stories, this one, the Friendship Ridge checks and going through them, are we dealing with real dishonesty and corruption or a bunch of departments that either don’t understand their jobs or don’t bother doing them? This time, they didn’t realize construction was complete and people had moved in. Maybe instead of trying to nail their opponents on misbehavior at the Courthouse, the people in charge can work on checks and balances to keep these failures from happening. Again and again.

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