Allegheny County to mail out last informal reassessment hearing decisions
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Allegheny County's Office of Property Assessments next week will mail out results from the last informal reassessment hearings, a county spokeswoman said today.
Informal hearings ended June 1 and the recommendations were sent to the Office of Property Assessments. That agency completed its review of proposed changes by a July 31 deadline, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said.
The final step -- approval of the remaining changes by the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review -- took place Thursday.
More than 68,000 property owners initially requested informal appeals of their new assessments after the county released the results of an $11 million court-ordered real-estate revaluation.
More than 100,000 people filed formal appeals, which offer a second opportunity to question the accuracy of the updated property values. Some of those formal challenges are likely to be dropped once the results of the informal hearings are known.
Municipalities, school districts and the county itself will use the new property values to calculate property taxes starting Jan. 1.
The updated assessments will replace 2002 "base-year" values that have been used for a decade.
First Published August 3, 2012 3:24 pm