Learn more about the property assessment appeal process on January 3, 12:00 p.m.

As Pittsburgh property owners brace for the upcoming reassessments, the news is that the average assessment will rise by about 50%.  Property owners are also being told that they can appeal the

Pittsburgh has seen big changes in home values over the last decade.  Earlier this year, the Tribune put out an interesting chart showing the average sale prices on homes in the various wards, compared assessed value was.  In most cases, homes were being assessed for much lower than they were actually selling for.  But big jumps in tax assessments will be difficult for homeowners.

If you have questions about the Allegheny County property assessment appeal process, you are invited to join the office of Councilman Patrick Dowd and Lawrenceville United for an educational presentation by the Finance Department of the City of Pittsburgh on the Allegheny County property assessment appeal process.  The presentation will take place on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the Stephen Foster Community Center of CYA, 286 Main Street, in Lawrenceville.

Finance Department staff will educate homeowners about the Allegheny County property assessment appeal process and the impact on City of Pittsburgh property taxes.  Finance Department staff are not capable of addressing questions about individual assessments.

Questions about the meeting can be directed to the Office of City Councilman Patrick Dowd at 412-255-2140 or district7@pittsburghpa.gov.

Additional resources:

City of Pittsburgh: Frequently Asked Questions –  http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/appealassist/faqs

Allegheny County, Property Assessments: Informal Review online form – http://apps.county.allegheny.pa.us/InformalReviews/

Allegheny County, Property Assessments: Formal Appeal form http://www.alleghenycounty.us/opa/2012NewAppealForm_Pgh_MtOliver11.pdf

City of Pittsburgh 311 Non-Emergency Response line: 311 or 412-255-2621

Allegheny County Office of Property Assessment Public Information Line: 412-350-4600