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Tax Assessments

Under Pennsylvania law, property taxes are the primary source of revenue for governments and school districts.

With the school district’s permission, we review the tax assessment blotters for each school district and recommend to the Board of School Directors properties we believe may be under assessed.

If properties are under-assessed our experienced attorneys will file the appropriate appeal, work closely with a local appraiser retained by the Board of School Directors, handle the appeal at the Boad of Property Assessment, Appeals and Review and at the Court of Common Pleas level, and handle any appeal to the Commonwealth Court or Pennsylvania Supreme Court. We have litigated tax appeals for virtually every type of property, including single-family residences; apartment complexes; office buildings; local, regional and super regional shopping malls; and industrial properties of all types, including electric-generating power plants.

Andrews & Price attorneys assisted in a lawsuit to compel a county-wide re-assessment. McGuffey School District and Washington School District filed an action in 2008 to force Washington County to conduct a re-assessment which had not been done since 1979. On June 2, 2011 President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca issued an order requiring Washington County within five weeks to enter into a contract with a vendor who will provide computer software for the re-assessment and within ten weeks to have the financing in order. The new assessments are expected to take effect for the 2015 tax bills.

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