It was never the Taj Mahal, and its interiors were never going to grace the pages of Good Housekeeping.
A review by KDKA-TV of the first 5,000 informal assessment appeals found that more than half saw their assessment go down. Property assessments are being reduced at an average of 14 percent.
Normally, an increase in property value is good news for a homeowner. In the past 10 years, property values in Allegheny County have gone up substantially. Unfortunately for some, this increase in value comes at a time when the county is undergoing a massive reassessment and that spells higher real estate tax bills for many people.