PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
The State Tax Equalization Board (STEB) was initially established as an independent state administrative board by the act of June 27, 1947 (P.L. 1046, No. 447), known as the State Tax Equalization Board Law to compensate for the lack of assessment uniformity statewide in distributing school subsidies. In 2013, STEB was formally transferred to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
The Board consists of a Chairman and two Members. The Board is appointed by the Governor and approved by the Legislature for a term of four years. Each member must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the Commonwealth and a qualified elector for a period of at least one year preceding their appointment. Each appointment must be familiar, by training or experience, with problems involved in the work of the board. Each member receives an annual salary and meets monthly.
Current STEB Members:
Peter R. Barsz – Chairman [Appointed: November 14, 2017]
Peter R. Barsz is a partner in the regional certified public accounting firm of Merves, Amon & Barsz LLC, which services clients throughout the Greater Delaware Valley. The firm’s principal office is located in Media, PA and represents a wide variety of businesses and individuals, as well as charitable and governmental entities.
Mr. Barsz currently serves as the appointed Treasurer of Thornbury Township, Delaware County and Bethel Township, Delaware County and as a member of the Upper Providence Township, Delaware County Zoning Hearing Board. He also has served as the elected Controller for Marple Township, Delaware County and as a member of the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority.
Mr. Barsz serves as Treasurer and Board member of the Foundation of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and sits on the DNB First Bank Advisory Committee.
He graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University in 1979. He is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Mr. Barsz resides with his wife and two children in Upper Providence Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Daniel Guydish – Board Member [Appointed: November 14, 2017]
A West Hazleton native, Daniel G. Guydish earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Secondary Education at Bloomsburg University in 1967 and 1969, respectively, and conducted doctoral studies in Political Science and Government at Temple University.
Mr. Guydish worked as an educator for the Hazleton Area School District until his retirement in 1997. He began his career in local government as a council member for the West Hazleton Borough from 1982–1994, and later was elected its mayor for two terms, serving until 2002.
Mr. Guydish also worked as the Executive Director of the Mountain Council of Governments from 2005–2013, and currently serves as the Membership Director for the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce — a position he has also held since 2005. Governor Tom Ridge appointed him to the State Tax Equalization Board as a member in June 2000 and as its chairman later that year —a position to which he was reappointed by Governor Tom Corbett in 2012.
Mr. Guydish is married to Kerri Gyuricsek with one daughter, Kayla.
Anthony “Red” Pinizzotto – Board Member [Appointed: October 17, 2012]
Anthony “Red” Pinizzotto is a lifelong resident of Johnstown, PA, and has been a property owner and taxpayer for more than 50 years.
“Red” has been active in civic and governmental affairs for more than 35 years. He served as a member of city council for 16 years, serving both on the Personnel Committee and the Finance and Recreation Committee.
Mr. Pinizzotto is a retired meat cutter and was a member of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union. He also served as Transportation Supervisor for the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging for 16 years.
Mr. Pinizzotto has been married to his wife Olga for 60 years. He has three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.