PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Monday is the deadline for homeowners in Allegheny County to file formal appeals on their property reassessments.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is encouraging all property owners to file an appeal.

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“People believe that they don’t have a chance to win their appeal, to win their assessment and get their value lowered and that is certainly not the case,” Allegheny County Communications Director Amie Downs said.

“We’re asking that anyone who has any thought whatsoever that their value is too high that they should appeal.”

Fitzgerald said appeals can be withdrawn, however, if you miss Monday’s deadline, you will not be able to fight the court-ordered reassessments this year.

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Forms must be postmarked with Monday’s date.

You can also drop the forms off to an employee wearing a green vest outside the County Office Building located on Forbes Avenue, Downtown. One couple who spoke to KDKA-TV used that option.

“I was stunned – I was stunned,” Deborah Brady-Ludwig, of McKeesport, said. “As I said, we haven’t done any improvements. The housing market’s so bad – we would not imagine that it could possibly go up [$5,000] and we would like to know what they based it on.”

Downs says it’s a combination of land and market value and says that those that file by Monday will have their voices heard.

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