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W. Pa. cemetery gets reprieve from tax auction

September 18, 2013
Associated Press

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania cemetery won't be sold at a county tax auction next week.

The Uniontown Herald-Standard ( ) reports Wednesday that the Oak Grove Cemetery was removed from the tax sale on the advice of the local solicitor. It's located about 55 miles south of Pittsburgh.

The cemetery's board of directors appeared before an appeals board two weeks ago and received tax-exempt status starting with the 2014 tax year. The county also received documentation that the cemetery was formed tax-exempt, says Sarah Thomas, tax claim bureau director.

The Oak Grove Cemetery was founded in 1849 as the Union Cemetery of Fayette County.

Janet Marker, vice president of the cemetery board, says the group is grateful that the cemetery was removed from the tax sale.



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