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LERTA Program

Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Program

An Opportunity for Qualified Participants to Develop, Revitalize & Save!

Under the provisions of the City of Altoona Ordinance No. 5797 adopted by Altoona City Council on December 5, 2022 a city-wide LERTA program is available as tax incentive for the rehabilitation and development of qualified business property and qualified residential dwelling units within the City limits of the City of Altoona.  The purpose of the program is to encourage property improvements and eliminate blight.

How Does LERTA Work?

If you are a city taxpayer you may be eligible for tax exemption and can apply for LERTA by following the LERTA Exemption Process outlined in the attachment provided.

In each deteriorated area and/or neighborhood - business improvements, residential improvements and residential construction are exempt from City of Altoona real property tax - as provided for in the following schedule.

For the remainder of the year the improvement is completed and otherwise taxable and the
1st complete fiscal year thereafter
100% of the eligible assessment is exempt
2nd complete fiscal year
80% is exempt
3rd complete fiscal year
60% is exempt
4th complete fiscal year
40% is exempt
5th complete fiscal year
20% is exempt
After the 5th complete fiscal year
The exemption terminates


LERTA Program Information Flyer

LERTA Exemption Process & Definitions

LERTA Ordinance 5797 of 12/05/2022

Please contact the City of Altoona Codes & Inspections Department at 814-949-2456, or use this contact E-Form or contact the Blair County Tax Assessment Office at 814-693-3110.