County reassessment plan

There are a couple articles in the local papers today about the reassessment process for property in Allegheny County. The following statement was issued by Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato:

“It is regrettable that Allegheny County has once again been court ordered to perform a reassessment. But I want Allegheny County property owners to know that this battle is not over – it has only shifted to Harrisburg. Allegheny County will comply with the court-ordered 2012 reassessment, but I will also spend the next 24 months fighting to fix Pennsylvania’s broken property assessment system and to protect property owners from backdoor tax increases and court-mandated reassessments.”

There is more detail in the Pittsburgh Tribune review —

Wettick and state justices have ruled the current system violates the state Constitution’s requirement of equal taxation. He wrote his own plan for reassessment, but said the county could use its own if it could complete one by 2012. The county delayed formal appeals and made several other changes in order to meet Wettick’s imposed deadline. Read the Tribune Review article

There is a brief on the Post Gazette site here.