Allegheny County Update: Judge Wettick Issues Timetables for Completion of the Countywide Reassessment for Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Public Schools

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Judge Wettick recently handed down four court orders establishing timetables for completion of the reassessment of all properties in the Pittsburgh Public Schools' jurisdiction. This includes all of the properties in the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver.

For commercial properties, the timetable is as follows:

• By December 19, 2011, Allegheny County's acting chief assessor is to certify that the values meet statistical benchmarks of accuracy of the International Association of Assessing Officers - if he can do so through the exercise of his professional judgment. The chief assessor is then apply any applicable tax abatements (for example, "clean and green" assessments) to these values and certify the figures as the 2012 assessment by December 22, 2011.

• By December 28, 2011 (assuming the chief assessor certifies the values), the commercial assessed values will be mailed to property owners, along with notice that (i) the property owner has a right to file a formal appeal by February 10, 2012, and (ii) that the property owner may request an informal hearing with the Office of Property Assessment, if the request is made by January 13, 2012.

• Informal hearings will be held between December 20, 2011 and January 27, 2012.

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