From Mark Belko's article about negotiating some assessment appeals ("County Allowing Some Assessment Appeals to Be Negotiated," Nov. 16):
" 'I think it's a perfectly legitimate way to resolve cases,' added Ira Weiss, solicitor for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. 'The fact all the parties agree and sign off on it makes it a very transparent process.' "
All the parties do not agree! The taxpayers who pay proportionally more because of an unrealistically low assessment on others do not get to participate in this process. Try asking the school district to take the difference off its bottom line and see how transparent it is.