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Formal Assessment Appeal Was Easy

The process for my formal Allegheny County property reassessment appeal was painless and hopefully will net results. What's your experience been like?

I was expecting a dogfight heading into my formal appeal for Monday morning.

Instead, the process with my assessment hearing officer was painless and went through with barely a whimper from either one of us.

I arrived about 30 minutes early for my hearing at Kane Hospital near the in Scott. Rather than waiting around for a while, the assessment officer signed me in and took me to a room with several cubicles doubling as hearing rooms.

Without a lawyer–or even a certified appraisal–I presented my evidence and photos of. I also showed evidence that other homes were selling in 2011 for what I thought the value of my property should be marked by the county.

I’m not sure if I made an impression until the assessment officer asked when I purchased my home. It was near the time of when the assessment values were considered valid, so he took that as part of the evidence and agreed to recommend to the board of assessments that my property be lowered by about 5 percent.

I was in and out in less than 15 minutes.

I’ll learn in a few months whether my property assessment will officially be reduced. But the process of the formal appeal was easy, and hopefully it ultimately will turn out to be successful.

I don’t know if the same can be said for other property owners.

Have you had a formal appeal on your property reassessment? If so, tell us in the comments how it went so others who haven’t had a hearing yet can know what to expect.

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Mike Jones August 15, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The best evidence, in my opinion, is to find any homes in your area that are similar to yours and sold from June 2008 to June 2011. That seems to be the only way to prove your case.
LC August 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I noticed the same thing when researching homes in our area. At the appeals, people they take all of the information arguing for a reduction, but someone else reviews it and makes the decision. No reason or explanation is given. There is absolutely no accountability with the current system. And the school districts are going to rake it in this year. I haven't seen any reported information about a reduction in the millage rate yet for 2013. There is supposed to be a 5% max windfall protection such that school districts have to reduce the millage rate. However, several people told me their assessment officers said that school districts are already applying for approval to allow for >5% tax increase.My assessment value increased over 30%. If formal appeals are still going on, when are they gonig to decide and publish the new 2013 millage rate?
Mike Jones August 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I live in South Fayette so my school district taxes have gone up more than 5% three of the past five years. We were going to get hammered either way.
DE33 September 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Hi Mike I live in SF also - this entire system is a mess and I've decided to blow off my hearing on Tuesday after reading the posts here. What a waste of time - its better to continue to pressure politicians.
Mike Jones September 02, 2012 at 10:42 PM
@DE33... I wouldn't blow it off if you think you have a credible case. It didn't take very long and could save you quite a bit of money for years.

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