Property Assessments http://wesa.fm en Drop in Taxable Property Values Not Expected to Impact County Millage Rates http://wesa.fm/post/drop-taxable-property-values-not-expected-impact-county-millage-rates <p>As counties, municipalities and school districts prepare to send tax bills, Allegheny County is reporting a drop in taxable real estate values. Due to assessment appeals, the overall value of land and buildings in the county dropped by 4.8 percent.</p><p>There is now a total of a little more than $75 billion in taxable property in the county, versus more than $79 billion last year. But, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said that’s not unusual following a reassessment.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:59:07 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22927 at http://wesa.fm City Property Tax Collections Come Up Short http://wesa.fm/post/city-property-tax-collections-come-short <p>Fall property tax collections for the city of Pittsburgh are $3.7 million below projections, according to the second-quarter report published this week by the mayor's finance office.<br /><br />The millage rate may now need to be raised in order to correct the shortfall, though budget officials say it's too soon to say whether that will be necessary.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:26:08 +0000 Josh Raulerson 19514 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Wants to Establish 'Base Year' for Property Assessments http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-wants-establish-base-year-property-assessments <p>In an effort to ensure steady and predictable revenue from property taxes, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is planning to establish the 2012 property reassessment as a base-year for coming tax years.</p><p>He said the recent re-assessment was very costly for county residents.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:04:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14003 at http://wesa.fm Taking Advantage of the Homestead Tax Exemption http://wesa.fm/post/taking-advantage-homestead-tax-exemption <p></p><p>In Allegheny County <a href="http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/opa/frmins50.pdf">Homestead tax exemption</a> is a tax break that deducts $85 from every homeowner's property tax bill. It's a useful bit of financial relief for many area homeowners. But residents in Pittsburgh's poorer neighborhoods, where the deduction could be most useful, are not taking advantage of the exemption. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's <strong>Andrew McGill</strong> has <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/many-still-dont-apply-for-allegheny-county-realty-tax-exemption-689258/">reviewed the situation</a> and says, "Amid all the hubbub over re-assessments, I was surprised more people weren't aware of it, and how this lack of awareness is <a href="http://bit.ly/1765Wgg">split along income lines</a>." Thu, 30 May 2013 00:03:36 +0000 Heather McClain 10451 at http://wesa.fm Taking Advantage of the Homestead Tax Exemption Allegheny Co. Council Reverses Review Board's Changes to Property Assessment Appeals http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-co-council-reverses-review-boards-changes-property-assessment-appeals <p>The Allegheny County Council voted on Tuesday night to nix a few controversial changes that a county governing board had made to the property assessment appeals process.</p><p>The Board of Property Assessment and Review (BPAR) had changed its regulations in mid-March to allow only attorneys to represent property owners appealing reassessments, rather than certified appraisers, realtors and other professionals.</p><p>Real estate professionals came out in force Tuesday to denounce the BPAR revisions.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:34:07 +0000 Noah Brode 7209 at http://wesa.fm Effort to Modernize Property Reassessment Process Waiting for Corbett’s Signature http://wesa.fm/post/effort-modernize-property-reassessment-process-waiting-corbett-s-signature <p>A bill that would be the first step in standardizing property reassessments in Pennsylvania passed with unanimous support in both chambers and now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature.</p><p>“This is a step that really modernizes the way data is collected — the way contracts are given out, the way the state interacts with counties when the county decides that it is time to reassess,” said Rep. Brandon Neuman (D-North Strabane)</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 20:11:30 +0000 Deanna Garcia 5122 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Controller Wagner Thinks Harrisburg Should Reconsider http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-controller-wagner-thinks-harrisburg-should-reconsider <div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner is calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to allow local governments to decide if a landowner deserves to be given property tax breaks as a nonprofit&nbsp;entity.</p><p>Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, “purely public charities” are exempt from the payment of property taxes to local municipalities.&nbsp; An April 2012 decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court enabled local taxing entities to more aggressively challenge tax-exempt&nbsp;status.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:36:06 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 1128 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Controller Wagner Thinks Harrisburg Should Reconsider