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  • Tax Assess Ruling Reaches Wide
    • As many as 60 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania are vulnerable to a legal challenge to their property assessment systems as a result of the Supreme Court decision that overturned Allegheny County's assessment system

  • PA Lags Behind on Taxing Updates
    • Twenty-two states require their counties to reassess property values every year, so the property taxes that homeowners pay are as accurate and fair as possible. PA is the only state that allows counties to use a base year for assessments indefinitely.

  • Reassessing property taxes
    • "stability and predictability -- cannot justify a taxing scheme that routinely taxes property owners with declining or stagnant property values at a higher rate of assessed-to-actual value than property owners with stable or appreciating property values."

  • Is This What's Coming Our Way?
    • "Armed sheriff's deputies will be standing guard while residents wait for informal hearings on their property reassessments."

      "The county commissioners meetings have also drawn large crowds since they approved the reassessment, which will update the value of properties for tax purposes for the first time in more than 50 years."

    • Controversey At Agency That Sets Tax Values for Properties
      • "The city's judges fired Joseph A. Russo from the Board of Revision of Taxes today, after a scathing report from the city inspector general said he had manipulated property assessments, abused his power, and committed perjury."

    • Teachers Pension Deficit To Cause Massive Tax Increase

      • Former Delaware County Councilman Wally Nunn makes some scary observations about the impact of the Teachers Pension Fund deficit.