Monday, November 16, 2009
Despite a court order to reassess all Allegheny County properties within four years Dan Onorato is standing strong in his fight against reassessment. Last week Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick ordered Allegheny County to reassess all its properties within four years. Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato said the county will appeal the decision to the Commonwealth Court. Onorato is not happy that Allegheny County has to reassess its properties while other counties throughout the state that use the same assessment system do not have to. Onorato says that the State Legislature should step in and pass legislation that would put a moratorium on all property reassessment for two years. He says House Bill 1661, which would institute such a moratorium is being held up in committee. Onorato said that the only solution to the reassessment problem is a statewide standard that is fair and will ensure that homeowners do not have to face severe tax increases as a result of reassessment.