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Assessment Appeals — Its time Again!

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 22, 2009

Posted by Cliff Tuttle

If you purchased a piece of property last year for an amount less than the fair market value listed in the assessment, you ought to be thinking about filing an assessment appeal. Or if you believe that the fair market value of the property you already own is less than the assessment, consider it also. If you want to check your current assessment, click here.

Of course, assessments are a little trickier than that. Allegheny County adopted a base year of 2002 for assessments, which means that the asessment should reflect the fair market value of the property in 2002. This system, which is practiced in various forms in many Pennsylvania Counties, is presently being challenged in an appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The Court has had the case for a while and the decision will probably be announced this year. But it almost certainly won’t effect the 2009 values.

If you want to appeal, you can obtain the form by clicking here. Print it out and fill it out by hand. Then Mail it or deliver it to the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review, Third Floor County Office Building, Pittsburgh PA 15219. The deadline is March 31.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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