Allegheny County issues assessments for north, west suburbs

March 7, 2012 4:42 pm

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New assessment numbers went on-line today for properties in Allegheny County's western and northern suburbs.

The new values can be viewed via the "Property Reassessment Information" link on the county website, www.alleghenycounty.us.

The final batch of 160,000 reassessment notices were mailed today and should be arriving at property owners' addresses Thursday and Friday.

The numbers for the west and north are the final ones to be certified as part of the county's $11 million court-ordered reassessment.

"Comparable" properties, which offer residents some guidance on how county assessors arrived at the new values, have not yet been posted on-line but should available by Friday, a spokeswoman for county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

The release of the final property values will allow computation of the overall, or aggregate, increase in property values across the county. That number and the percentage increase for the county should be available by Friday.

Property owners in the west and north have until March 16 to request informal hearings. They and all other county residents have until April 2 to ask for a formal appeal.

Because of delays in completing the reassessment project, the new values for real estate will not be used as the basis for calculating real estate taxes until 2013. That action will give people time to challenge their assessments before they must pay taxes on them.

More than 50,000 property owners have thus far requested informal or formal hearings. County officials have predicted that the Office of Property Assessment and the separate Board of Property Assessment Appeals will hear as many as 100,000 appeals in the coming year.

Len Barcousky: lbarcousky@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1159.
First Published 2012-03-07 15:42:57

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