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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 Chief Assessor to continue with the 2012 reassessments or be held personally in contempt of court, even if County Executive Fitzgerald directs them otherwise.

Judge Wettick left open the possibility that the actual payments of the new tax bills could be deferred until 2013 (a decision he stated he will render on Thursday, January 12, 2012). The City of Pittsburgh School District has a pending motion asking for a 1 year delay in implementation of the 2012 assessment numbers so as to provide time for the actual appeals process.

What does it Mean?

For now, the 2012 assessment deadline for the City of Pittsburgh is still February 10, 2012. All commercial and residential property owners in the City of Pittsburgh who believe their new 2012 assessments are too high, should file formal appeals with the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessment by February 10, 2012.

We will continue to keep our clients updated concerning the Allegheny County Assessment chaos.

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Written by
Noah Paul Fardo
Noah Paul Fardo, Esq. is a Pennsylvania trial lawyer and the managing partner of Flaherty Fardo, LLC. His legal practice focuses in medical malpractice, personal injury, business litigation, and property tax appeals.