Due to court order, Allegheny County has been forced to reassess property values. Updated assessments of properties serve a number of purposes but most commonly, and perhaps most controversially, they are used for determining property tax liability.
The reassessment process can be confusing for a number of reasons. Most people want their property value to increase, but because of the tax implications, home owners often fight to reduce the assessed value of their property. Additionally, even though your property may have increased in value because the county, municipalities, and school districts must adjust their millage rates so as to not reap a windfall as a result of the reassessments, property owners may in fact experience a property tax reduction.
City of Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver property owners received their new property assessments right before January 1st. The remainder of Allegheny County’s property owners will receive their reassessments shortly thereafter.
For complete details about reassessment from Allegheny County, click here: 2012 Reassessment Information Allegheny County
To read Frequently Asked Questions about 2012 Reassessment, click here: Property Assessment 2012 FAQs
City of Pittsburgh Resources: The City has a website to help homeowners navigate their way through the process. Further, the City is hosting meetings and this website lists meeting dates and tips for appeals. There are also forms available online to use in order to appeal.
- Click here to view the City of Pittsburgh’s Website: Appeal Assistance for Allegheny County’s Property Reassessments