Don’t blame the mailman. Pittsburgh’s property tax bills are late this year.
The re-assessment process begins this week for residents in Washington County.
About 100,000 people in Allegheny County appealed their property reassessment last year.
When the assessment at Al Montuoro’s Green Tree house went up 68 percent, he did like 100,000 other property owners and appealed. But he was given only a three percent decrease.
Property owners in Allegheny County have extra time to pay this year’s tax bill. That’s because the first round of tax bills printed are wrong, over-charging you. And now, it’s the county that will have to pay to fix the problem.
As a county taxpayer, you’ve probably been bracing for it since you got your reassessment notice. Click on the county assessment website and there it is – your 2013 real estate tax bill.
For the first time, everyone can see just what they’ll be paying in new property taxes on the Allegheny County Assessment website.
If you live in Allegheny County, you’re probably expecting a higher tax bill after the most recent round of property assessments.
Some Allegheny County property owners who are upset they lost their assessment appeal are seeking to join a class-action lawsuit. They say they paid hundreds of dollars to have their home appraised, only to have the appraisal rejected.
As required by state law after a county reassessment, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has proposed a reduction in the city’s property tax rate to keep the city from reaping a windfall from a 48 percent increase in property values under the county’s new assessment system.
If you own a property in one of Allegheny County’s poorer neighborhoods, you could see a reduced assessed value soon.
Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner says the 2011 property reassessment by Tyler Technologies technically complied with the contract — but that was because there was such a low standard of accountability.
The waiting room at the appeals office is packed as property owners are called into hearing rooms to argue their case. People like Kody Miller of Vandergrift call it a major inconvenience.
For more information about the upcoming deadline to appeal and the assessment appeal process, visit: AlleghenyCounty.us.
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.