Let’s face it – for many property owners in Allegheny County, the reassessment project that took place four years ago was treated in a number of ways:
- Some took the news seriously, gathered information about the appeal process, and filed appeals with the county. They learned that having an attorney represent their interests gave them the best chance for success.
- Some were happy with the reassessment results, are paying their fair share of property taxes, and did not need to file an appeal.
- Some figured there was no sense in fighting the system, and accepted the new figures even if they disagreed with them.
- Some knew the reassessment took place, but didn’t feel they had the time to pursue any appeal. They keep writing the mortgage and escrow check every month or have it deducted from their bank account and go on with life. They probably have no idea if their property taxes went up or down.
- Some figured they missed their chance and it is too late to file an appeal.
- Some didn’t even know what took place.
Unless you fall into the first two categories, you can still do something about the assessed value of your property in Allegheny County. Reassessment appeals are not a once-in-every-ten-years process. It is a little-known fact that you can appeal your property assessment every year in Allegheny County between January 1 and March 31.
Washington County property owners will be receiving their new assessments beginning in March and can challenge those results this summer. We will keep you posted on the Washington County appeal process.
The window to appeal in Allegheny County is open right now. That means if you think your property assessment is too high, you should talk with us at Steidl and Steinberg to see if we can help you. Give us a call for a free consultation concerning your property and its assessment. We will help you determine if an appeal is in your best interest. It’s time to be among the people who fight to pay their fair share and not a penny more.