Thursday, July 7, 2011

Allegheny Co. Mulls Arguments Against Reassessment

Allegheny County officials say they’ll go to court to stop the countywide property value reassessment – and they may have new ammunition for their legal argument.

County Council President Jim Burn says the state legislature’s move to stop Washington County’s property reassessment may have infringed on the state Supreme Court’s right to impose such moratoriums.

Burn says the County Council Solicitor will look at that legal option and others in the coming weeks, as County leaders hope to get the reassessment halted before the process is completed.

The state legislature should create a statewide system of assessing property values, says Burn, so counties will be treated equally.

“You could have 67 different counties going in 67 different directions,” says Burn.

The County Manager’s office is slated to send out preliminary property values out in January, later than was originally ordered by Common Pleas Judge Stanton Wettick.

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