Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. rules that new property assessments wouldn't go into effect until 2013.
Friday, January 13, 2012
Allegheny County residents will be taxed on their 2002 property assessments for another year. Allegheny County Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. ruled Thursday that newly issued property assessments would be implemented in 2013 instead of this year. The court ordered that the Pittsburgh School District, the city of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver — which already received new assessment values — are permitted to use the 2011 assessment for the purpose of setting their budgets and levying taxes for 2012. Wettick also ruled that the 2012 reassessment values be used for the 2013 tax year for those taxing bodies. According to a press release issued by the office of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Wettick stated that the court would decide what numbers …
Judge orders use of new 2012 reassessments the day after Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald declared them null and void.
It looks like the battle over Allegheny County’s reassessments is just warming up. The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that Judge R. Stanton Wettick has ordered the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Public Schools to use the new 2012 reassessments. 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…