It looks like the battle over Allegheny County’s reassessments is just warming up.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who took office Tuesday, declared the new reassessments invalid and announced that the county would continue using the base year assessments from 2002.
During a news conference Thursday, Fitzgerald said new notices would be sent out Thursday, and those are “the ones that matter.”
He was clear: Despite a court order mandating a property tax reassessment, he is following all state laws.
But not according to Don Driscoll, the attorney representing the homeowners who sued to have the reassessments. KDKA reports that Driscoll has asked Judge Wettick to hold Fitzgerald in contempt of court.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Judge Wettick noted in his new order that he still has a status conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday and at that court session, he has agreed to consider a request from Pittsburgh public schools to use the base-year numbers for one more year.
In the meantime, Judge Wettick’s order notes "the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh School District are barred from setting millage and calculating taxes for 2012 unless the millage and taxes are based on the 2012 assessed values."