A Tale of Two Counties – The Latest Status of Countywide Reassessment Efforts in Allegheny and Washington Counties


Allegheny and Washington Counties were both ordered by the Courts to conduct countywide reassessments. The timing of these assessments appears to be influenced by political pressure and could be affected by a King's Bench Petition that Allegheny County filed, asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to direct the legislature to find a state-wide solution to this problem. Below is a summary of the latest developments, including what is known about when reassessment notices will be issued in each of these counties.

Allegheny County - The County Continues to Fall Behind and Adjust Its Timetable

On June 1, 2011, Allegheny County representatives met again with Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. to apprise him of their efforts in performing the 2012 Court-ordered countywide reassessment.

The county now concedes that it will not be prepared to provide notice of the new assessment figures to the county's property owners until after September. However, it could not provide more details regarding when the new figures would be released. The county reported that it is exploring how to increase its productivity in a cost-conscious manner, and intends to have a final plan in place for doing so in two to three weeks.

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