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Wettick Suggests Possible Two Step Introduction of 2012 Reassessment.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | August 23, 2011

No. 692

Judge Stanton Wettick, who is supervising the implementation of the 2012 reassessment that he has ordered, asked the County assessors to report on what would be the outcome if the reassessment effort were concentrated on the City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver (which is part of the City School District) first.

The assessors reported at Wettick’s status meeting a month ago that the preliminary numbers would not be ready until January and that it would take two months to hold informal hearings.  Wettick is apparently contemplating putting the City properties through first, since the City and its School District generally send out bills in January.

Wettick asked the County Assessor to report on the outcome if such a plan were adopted.  He has also asked the City School District and another school district to provide a financial person and a lawyer to paper at the next meeting on September 7 to report on how their district’s budget planning would be affected.

There was some discussion that school districts that may see a reduction in assessed values, such as Duquesne or Wilkinsburg, would need to know the outcome of their assessments at an early date.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that the original deadline for preliminary values was last month, but it has been pushed forward in stages to early next year.

The County assessor stated that hiring of both full time and part time employees, plus contract labor, has pushed the process forward. The residential assessments are 98% complete, while the commercials still have a greater amount of work to be done.


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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