Judge R. Stanton Wettick
Those new assessment values that caused so much consternation in the city may be arriving in your mailbox very soon. At a hearing Thursday, Judge R. Stanton Wettick ordered the county to start mailing them out suburban communities next week.
Judge R. Stanton Wettick has made a decision regarding the delay of the 2012 assessment. The new numbers will be postponed until 2013.
Call it a standoff between senior Judge Stanton Wettick and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald over property assessments.
The judge who ordered the 2012 property assessments is now ordering county administrators in charge of assessments to listen to him and not Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
If you live in the city or Mt. Oliver, in the next day or so you’ll be receiving a letter from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald telling you those new reassessment values on your home or business are no longer in effect.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s cancellation of informal assessment hearings caught some by surprise at the county assessment office. “I don’t like it and it’s not fair,” said one taxpayer who showed for a cancelled hearing.
Don Driscoll, the attorney representing the homeowners who sued to have the reassessments, asked Judge R. Stanton Wettick to hold Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald in contempt of court.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says he’s throwing out the reassessed property values and suggests homeowners do the same.
A hearing was held today over the progress of the property reassessments that have been stirring controversy and causing much anger across Allegheny County this week.
There is a showdown brewing over Allegheny County’s court-ordered reassessments and the winner will determine how much you will pay in property taxes.
Allegheny County Dan Onorato has just a few months left as county executive and he jokes that he is leaving office just as he started it eight years ago — fighting against what he calls the unfair reassessment of Allegheny County property owners.
After years of delays, assessment notices are coming. The new property values will determine how much you will be paying in real estate taxes to your municipality, your school district and the county.
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