Friday, March 9, 2012
Learn why Allegheny County properties were reassessed, how they were reassessed and what you need to know to file an appeal.
Political leaders are encouraging Allegheny County residents who disagree with their new assessments to file a formal appeal by April 2. At a town hall meeting on new assessments Thursday night in Bethel Park, residents were told they can always cancel the appeal if they change their minds before their scheduled hearing, but they won't be able to file an appeal after the deadline. "If you don't appeal anything you're going to be stuck with what you have,"Allegheny County Councilman John DeFazio said. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Councilman Vince Gastgeb organized the informational meeting, also attended by state Rep. Mark Mustio. Many of the 500 people in attendance at Bethel Park High School said they were …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wagner launched a comprehensive evaluation of the county's property reassessment process in January.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, who in January launched a comprehensive evaluation of the county’s property reassessment process, is asking property owners who suspect incorrect assessments to contact her office. Property owners whose new assessment numbers differ greatly from similar properties nearby or a recent sales price, or who otherwise believe their new values have been calculated incorrectly, can call Wagner’s Reassessment Hotline at 412-350-7618 or email email@example.com. The information property owners provide will be crucial in helping Wagner make sound recommendations for resolving and improving this process in the best interests of the taxpayers, according to a news release. “There have been great …
Friday, January 6, 2012
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…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Residents tax bills will remain the same -- for now.
Bell Acres Council approved a final $1.439 million budget for 2012 that does not include a tax increase. The board voted, 6-0, in favor of the budget, which keeps the millage rate at 5 mills. Councilman David Renfrew was absent. At 5 mills, a homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000 will continue to pay $500 in taxes next year. In addition, council Monday night approved a four-year public works contract that includes 3 percent raises the first two years followed by 2 percent raises in the last two years. The contract is effective Jan. 1 and expires Dec. 31, 2015. There are three full-time public works employees. “We have a great group of employees and a good council,” said Bell Acres Manager Charles Kulbacki. As for the budget, …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Solicitor says the county is expected to provide municipalities new values for all properties by January 2012.
Municipalities throughout Allegheny County could face crippling financial burdens next year if the county meets its current property reassessment timetable. At its monthly meeting Thursday night, Leetsdale Solicitor Richard Start briefed council on the status of ongoing litigation regarding the reassessment of property values. Start said in 2009 a plan was finalized in which the county would provide municipalities new values for all properties by January 2012. These new valuations would then be used to determine the amount of taxes homeowners owed in the new year. Last month, however, the county notified all parties that new tax values would not be available until April. This delay would delay municipalities’ ability to collect tax …