Washington County commissioners plan to give reassessment contract to same company Allegheny County used

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Washington County commissioners, who fought for years to avoid a countywide property tax reassessment, announced today they would award a contract for the reassessment with "great reluctance."

Tyler Technologies, the same firm that conducted the Allegheny County assessment, will be awarded a $6.9 million contract at a public meeting Thursday morning.

"We are confident in our selection of the awardee of the contract and their abilities to provide good assessment services," commission Chairman Larry Maggi said in a statement he read at the start of a press conference. "We are not confident, however, that reassessment will be in the best interest of those we serve."

The decision comes four months after the commissioners' appeal regarding reassessments to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was denied.

"We do not believe that reassessment is in the best interests of Washington County taxpayers, but we will follow the order of the court," Mr. Maggi said today.

No reassessment has been conducted in Washington County since 1981. But five years ago, the McGuffey and Washington school districts sued the county, saying the system was unfair and outdated.

Final reassessments for the counties approximately 115,000 taxable properties are expected to be delivered by July 1, 2016.

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Kaitlynn Riely: kriely@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707.


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