New Property Assessments Released
Home owners in the South Hills can find out what their property is valued at by going to the county's assessment website.
Property owners in the South Hills got a jolt this week when Allegheny County released the new property assessment figures online.
The new property assessments for home owners living in Bridgeville, Collier, Heidelberg and Scott can be found at www2.alleghenycounty.us/reval by punching in your street address and municipality. The 2002 property numbers are located on the left and the new assessments are on the right.
It's not immediately known how the new assessments will impact one's taxes because the overall assessment increases in the municipalities and Chartiers Valley School District have not been released. That percentage increase will show the baseline numbers that the taxing bodies need to adjust their millage rates to remain net neutral.
Anyone who thinks their assessment figures are incorrect can file an informal review by going to http://apps.alleghenycounty.us/InformalReviews or by calling 412-350-4600. Informal challenges will be scheduled until March 7.
An informal review/challenge is a one-on-one meeting between a property owner and a representative of the county Office of Property Assessments. Property owners may provide corrections to property characteristics and bring pictures and written documentation supporting a change in the 2013 assessment value. Property owners are reminded that corrections to property characteristics do not automatically result in value changes, and in some cases, a county assessor may visit a property to verify data and may adjust the value up or down based on what he or she observes.
Meanwhile, a formal appeal is a quasi-judicial hearing before the county Board of Property Assessments Appeals & Review. The formal hearing provides property owners and/or the three applicable taxing bodies (municipality, school district and county) an opportunity to challenge a property's assessed value. Property owners, other interested parties and the three taxing bodies may present evidence at the formal appeal hearing. The board will increase, decrease or sustain the assessed value based on evidence presented at the formal hearing. April 2 is the cutoff for formal appeals. Click here for more information on scheduling a formal review.
Go to http://www.alleghenycounty.us/reassessFAQ.aspx to find a full list of frequently asked questions.