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Reassessment 2012: Show Me the Comps!

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | January 12, 2012

No. 785

Graphic courtesy of Third Chair:Pittsburgh

All is quiet, for the moment.  Informal hearings have been cancelled. The County has certified the 2002 values. But that will probably not stand.  Judge Wettick has ordered a number of senior staff of the County Assessment Office to comply with his prior orders, setting the stage for a contempt citation that includes a larger group than County Executive Fitzgerald.  And so we wait.

Judge  Wettick will probably postpone implementation of the new values until 2013 (there is little time left for the City Treasurer to compile bills with new numbers send them out) and will probably order the formal hearings on them to commence.  But he hasn’t done it yet, so we wait.

When this happens, how long will the it be until comparable sales be posted on the website?  This is important to those who will face early appeal hearings.  How can the County expect anyone to present a case when without knowing what comps were used to value our property and others nearby?




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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