Judge extends deadline for property tax rates

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An Allegheny County judge has extended the deadline for certain school districts and municipalities to set their property tax rates for 2014.

Responding to a petition from Pittsburgh Public Schools, Common Pleas Judge R. Stanton Wettick Jr. last week ordered that all taxing bodies that normally face a Dec. 31 deadline to set their tax rate could submit their millage rates by Jan. 31. He also ordered Allegheny County to have a final assessment ready for local governments next year by Dec. 20, 2014.

The school district had argued the county’s caution in certifying a final assessed value for Pittsburgh would force the school board to break statutory deadlines because a governing body can’t set an effective tax rate if it doesn’t know how much property it can tax.

The county is being extra careful in releasing a final value because of ongoing appeals from the recent property reassessment, which still have the ability to drastically change the district’s bottom line.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs said the county will release the certified values Jan. 15, the date mandated by local law.


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