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Significant Change Proposed by Councilman Ed Kress, Board of Viewers Filing Fee Increases

This article will provide readers with the latest property assessment updates in Allegheny County. A Significant Change in the Appeals Process is Proposed by County Councilman Ed Kress Allegheny County Councilman Ed Kress proposed a piece of legislation earlier this week that could have a significant impact on the Allegheny County property appeals process. Currently,

Property Assessment Updates From Allegheny County & Washington County

This article will provide readers with both the latest property assessment update from both Washington County and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Specifically: The latest news from the beginning of the reassessment process in Washington County. The latest news in the Allegheny County reassessment process and the changing tax burden for property owners. Each topic is discussed

Judge Wettick Denies Appraisals as Absolute for Property Assessments

This article will provide readers with the latest updates concerning the Allegheny County property assessments. The latest two developments are as follows: 1. Last week, Judge R. Stanton Wettick dismissed the class action suit filed by property owners against the Board of Property Assessments Appeals and Review (BPAAR) and Allegheny County. 2. The latest scheduling

Allegheny County Ignores Appeal Results & Sends Wrong Tax Bills.

If you thought winning your tax appeal was going to reduce your Allegheny County property tax bill, you were wrong. At least on paper. Allegheny County Sends Wrong Tax Bills. Allegheny County has made yet another blunder concerning the 2013 property tax reassessments. A blunder that is leaving thousands of property owners once again frustrated

2013 Allegheny County Assessment Updates

1.27.13 Allegheny County Assessment Headlines: This article will provide readers with the latest updates concerning the Allegheny County assessments. The latest three developments are as follows: The City of Pittsburgh’s proposed 30% decrease for 2013 millage rates. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s proposed legislation,which would provide property owners with a second chance to appeal their 2013

Allegheny County Cracks Down on Charitable Tax Exempt Properties

This article will provide readers with the most recent updates in the ongoing attempt made by Allegheny County to limit the amount of charitable tax exempt properties in the County. Specifically highlighted below are the following topics: The criteria required for a charitable institution to qualify for a tax exempt property; The controversy revolving around

Judge Denies Request to Lower Assessments

Judge R. Stanton Wettick has denied a request to automatically lower hundreds of thousands of property assessments in poorer neighborhoods. Attorney Don Driscoll argued that a recent independent study demonstrated that poorer neighborhoods were paying more than their fair share. The motion was denied because the court determined that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did not

Should Commercial Property Owners Bypass the First Hearing?

Tax Appeals For Commercial Property Owners: This article should help commercial property owners understand the advantages and disadvantages of entering the commercial bypass process. On September 24, 2012, Allegheny County sent a letter to all commercial property owners who have a pending 2013 tax appeal with new assessments exceeding one million dollars. This letter was

Status Update for Allegheny County Property Assessments

This article will update readers on the status of the Allegheny County property reassessments as of September 9, 2012. The Formal Hearings: The formal hearings for the 2013 property tax appeals are in full swing at the Allegheny County Office Building in downtown Pittsburgh. The Office of Property Assessments is under Court Order to hear


ALLEGHENY COUNTY RELEASES ALL INFORMAL RESULTS. If you filed an informal tax appeal hearing in Allegheny County for the new 2012 reassessments, you should be receiving your informal decision soon, if you have not already. Allegheny County has released the statistics from the informal appeals process which concluded June 1, 2012. The numbers reveal that

Will Legislation Stop the Reassessments?

There have been various news articles in the last few weeks relating to a bill that was recently passed by the Pennsylvania State House relating to property reassessments. Some are predicting that this bill will suspend the current reassessment in Allegheny County. Below you will find an explanation of this bill, and why this bill

How to Defend 2012 & 2013 School Tax Appeals.

This article will help property owners understand some basics in defending 2012 and 2013 property tax appeals in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Background: School districts and municipalities in Allegheny County have the right to appeal both the 2012 assessment and the 2013 assessment of any property. We are seeing that many school districts are appealing

“The Fix is In.” – Why 7/10 Are Under-Assessed.

This article will provide my insight and opinion as to why I believe 7 out of 10 residential properties in more affluent areas are still under-assessed in the Allegheny County reassessments. I will further opine why I believe this was intentional rather than accidental and is going to create some future problems for residents, depending

2/8/12 – Did Outsourcing Cause Allegheny County Assessment Chaos?

This article will question whether outsourcing the 2012 Allegheny County property reassessments was the best idea for the residents of Allegheny County. The Problem: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently questioned the fairness of the new 2012 Allegheny County property reassessments. The Post-Gazette review found that in Pittsburgh, expensive property values were underestimated as compared to lower-priced

2/8/12 – Allegheny County 2012 Reassessment Update.

This article will update readers about the current status of the 2012 Allegheny County property reassessments as of February 8, 2012. CITY OF PITTSBURGH & MOUNT OLIVER If you own property in the City of Pittsburgh or Mount Oliver, you should have received your 2012 reassessment already in the mail. You may check new 2012

1/24/12 – Assessment Deadline for City Extended – Others Waiting.

Allegheny County Assessment Update: 1/24/12 Allegheny County has announced that the property tax assessment formal appeal deadline for the City of Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver has been extended from February 24, 2012 until April 2, 2012. The informal deadline has been changed to February 15, 2012. Property owners in the City of Pittsburgh and Mt.

1/23/12 – Allegheny County New Assessment Website is a NIGHTMARE for Taxpayers.

Allegheny County’s new website for the release of the 2012 Allegheny County property reassessment values will prove frustrating and more difficult for property owners. Instead of simply adding the new 2012 values on the existing Allegheny County real estate website, (like the County did three weeks ago), Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald chose to create

1/10/12 – Judge Overrules Fitzgerald – Orders 2012 Assessments to Continue

The Honorable R. Stanton Wettick ordered today (1/10/12) that the 2012 reassessments in Allegheny County must continue pursuant to his previous Orders of Court. Over the last week, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald declared the 2012 reassessments, “null and void.” However, today’s Order specifically directed the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessment, County Manager, and County

1/6/12 – “Scent of a Fitzgerald” : Allegheny County Assessments.

In Scent of a Woman with Al Pacino, a young student was faced with the difficult decision of following the laws of his school by informing on classmates or following his own honor and not ‘ratting’ on his friends. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fittzgerald is in a similiar position. On one hand, the Pennsylvania Supreme

1/5/12 – VIDEO: What is the difference between an ‘Informal Hearing’ vs. a ‘Formal Appeal Hearing’?

The 2012 assessments have been released by Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for the City of Pittsburgh and Mount Oliver only. The formal dealing for filing an appeal is April 2, 2012. Our clients want to know the difference between the informal appeals process and the formal appeals process. The 2 main differences are 1) the length

How to Defend 2011 Property Tax Appeals in Allegheny County.

This article will provide recent home-buyers with some tips and strategies in defending 2011 Allegheny County property tax appeals filed by the school districts. Tip 1: Make the School District meet their burden of proof. In assessment appeals, a recent sale is not enough alone to change an assessment. According to Pennsylvania assessment law, a

Understanding the Pennsylvania Clean & Green Act.

This article will help readers understand the basics of the Pennsylvania Clean & Green Act. With property taxes in Pennsylvania at an all time high, property owners are fighting to keep their property assessments and their property taxes low. The Deadline for Clean & Green applications is JUNE 1st of each tax year. The Statute:

Preempting the 2012 Allegheny County Property Reassessments Could Save You Thousands.

This article will help readers understand the strategic advantages of how appealing your property taxes this year (2011), before the March 31, 2011 deadline, may save Allegheny County property owners thousands by preempting the 2012 reassessments. I. The 2012 Allegheny County Property Assessments are Coming. In July 2011, Allegheny County is scheduled to release new

2012 Property Reassessment on Schedule Despite Problems.

Workers Fired / Technical Difficulties: Assessments Expected to Increase Dramatically. Allegheny County has been Court Ordered to have new property assessments for all of its estimated 580,000 commercial and residential properties by January 2012. All properties will then be assessed based upon their fair market value as of January 1, 2012. Currently Allegheny County is

Allegheny County Fires 2012 Reassessment Workers.

From July 2010 through November 2010, Allegheny County has been sending property assessors to visit more than 500,000 properties in Allegheny County. These workers are hired to verify property descriptions such as square footage and condition of the properties. The information is important because it will help determine property taxes for the 2012 Allegheny County

Top 10 Mistakes Made By Property Owners in Allegheny Property Tax Appeals.

Tips & Answers concerning Allegheny County property tax assessment appeals.

Advice for Defending and Winning School District Property Tax Appeals.

Here is some basic information for residential property owners and homeowners in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to help defend the school districts and municipalities from raising your property taxes. 1 Are you sure you want to attend the hearing? If your property got appealed, it is most likely because of a recent purchase price being higher

Do I need an Appraisal for my Allegheny Property Tax Appeal?

A common question by our clients is whether or not they need an appraisal for their Allegheny County property tax assessment appeal? The simple answer is: it depends. There can be both advantages and disadvantages to obtaining an appraisal for your property tax appeal. Most often, we will not obtain appraisals unless we are unable

What Happens at the Allegheny County Board of Viewer (BOV) hearing?

Once the case is appealed from the BPAR (first level) to the BOV (second level), it normally takes anywhere between 10 months and 2 years for the case to be listed. It is a long wait and almost always means there will be multiple years at issue by the time the case is finally called

What does the 2002 Base Year Mean for Allegheny County Property Tax Appeals?

The ‘base year’ means that all properties should be assessed at what they were valued as of January 1, 2002. This can only be determined through either a sales comparison approach; a cost approach; and/or and income/expense approach. This could change if there has been permits, appeals, corrections, or catastrophic loss. In short, similar homes

How Do I Defend a School District Property Tax Assessment Appeal?

A: By being more prepared and understanding the rules of evidence and law. The school districts of Allegheny County are now filing 2010 assessment appeals against property owners who recently purchased their properties. The logic is that if the purchase price is higher than the current assessment, that the assessment should be raised. However, under

The 2012 Allegheny County Reassessments are Coming.

As of July 2010, Allegheny County is intending on reassessing approximately the 580,000 properties in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. This includes all commercial properties, hotels, strip malls, restaurants, apartment complexes, residential properties, and vacant lands within the county. It is believed that the County will use a base year of 2011 or 2012. This means that

Defending Tax Appeals – Do Not let the School District into your home or onto your property.

If you are involved in an Allegheny County residential property tax appeal, there is the possibility that you will receive a letter from the school district asking to enter your property or even worse, enter your home. Before allowing this overt governmental intrusion, you need to understand your rights, the risks and the consequences. First,

Why is the School District Appealing my Property Assessment?

Since 2004, School Districts have been aggressively filing property appeals against property owners. There target has primarily been recent home buyers. Their rational is that if you bought a house for $500,000.00, and you are only assessed at $300,000.00 then your property taxes should be raised closer to your sales price.On first glance, this may

Allegheny County Sued Over Property Reassessments Again (February 2010).

This time the property owners want refunds. Unfortunately, they are right, but they will never get them. Allegheny County has again been sued concerning the Allegheny County assessment system. This time a group of homeowners has filed suit against Allegheny County, the city of Pittsburgh, its public schools and the Woodland Hills School District. Basically,

Should You Answer the Allegheny County Questionnaire?

Thousands of Allegheny County property owners are receiving property questionnaires from the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessment. Allegheny County wants to know if your property characteristics are correct (i.e # of rooms?, square footage?, improvements? etc.) Our clients are asking us if they should answer the county? Common sense should tell property owners that

Why 2010 is ripe for Allegheny County Assessment Appeals.

(Why you may suffer if you don’t appeal.) The deadline to file a 2010 Allegheny assessment appeal is March 31, 2010. People really haven’t spoken too much lately about filing new property tax appeals. But this year (2010) is ripe and may be necessary to appeal. Here’s why: 1. The Allegheny County Assessment system is

How is Property Valued in Allegheny County?

Pennsylvania assessment laws require that real estate be valued according to its “actual value” and at a bona fide rate and price for which the property would separately sell. The courts have interpreted actual value to mean market value. Market value has been defined by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court as “the price in a

3/4/12 – Attorney Fardo to Speak at Seminar on Tax Exemptions.

Attorney Noah Paul Fardo will be a guest lecturer on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar focusing on the reassessments in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The event will presented to lawyers and real estate professionals from noon to 2:00pm in the Gold Room on the 9th floor of the Allegheny County