This information is being distributed by Allegheny County… if you are not happy with your property assessment you need to read this NOW.
Typically, there is no appeal period in a year in which a reassessment takes effect. In the County’s case, that would be this year. Because of all of the confusion and problems related to the reassessment, the County Executive submitted legislation to Council to open an appeal period this year. That legislation was passed and the appeal period opened last month.
Property owners who did not appeal their assessment or who did not get the result they had hoped for, have the opportunity to appeal again. These are appeals of the current values and decisions would affect this year’s tax bills. Taxes will have to be paid on the current values, but a refund will be issued if the value decreases. As the reassessment has taken effect, there is no informal process, only a formal appeal.
On the County’s website is a fill-in form that can be completed, printed, signed and returned. It can be found at: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/2013appealform.aspx. You can also print that form out for people to complete by hand. Forms can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Property Assessments at 412-350-4600. The forms must be postmarked, or hand-delivered, by the close of business on April 1, 2013. Property owners should also keep a copy of the form for their own records.
If a person has appealed to the Board of Viewers, there are several scenarios:
1) They can withdraw their appeal, but will not receive a refund of the $106. The formal appeal process will move forward and they will have the opportunity to appeal any final decision made by BPAAR to the BOV again. This will require them to pay the $106 again as well.
2) If they have an appeal pending at BOV, they can still file with BPAAR. If that hearing and decision occurs more quickly than the BOV one, and they are satisfied with the results of the 2nd hearing with BPAAR, they can withdraw the BOV appeal and the BPAAR decision will stand. If they are dissatisfied, once the BOV decision is made, the BPAAR one will be canceled out.
3) If they have a final decision (signed stipulation) from the BOV, and file an appeal with BPAAR, it will be rejected. We do not have the authority to supersede a Court decision.