The official 2012 reassessment schedule forresidential properties in the City of Pittsburgh and the Borough of Mount Oliverhas been set.

The schedule was issued by Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. earlier today. If you own residential property within either of these municipalities, this schedule is extremely important for you to understand. If, on the other hand, you own commercial property within Pittsburgh/Mount Oliver or you own property elsewhere in Allegheny County, understanding thisscheduleis not quite as important but understanding the procedure isvery important. Please remember, it is quite likely that similar schedules will be issued over the coming months thatwilldirectly affect both commercial and non-Pittsburgh/Mount Oliver properties.

So without any further ado, here it is (please remember this is forresidentialproperties in theCity of Pittsburghand theBorough of Mount OliverONLY):

By November 10, 2011 the County will complete its review of each parcel of property.

By December 2, 2011 the County will certify the new assessed values.

By December 9, 2011 the new assessed values will be mailed to all residential property owners in Pittsburgh/Mount Oliver.

Between December 9, 2011 and December 31, 2011 property owners may request Informal Reviews of their new assessments.

Between December 9, 2011 and February 3, 2012 property owners may file Formal Appeals of their new assessments.

Between December 14, 2011 and January 20, 2012 the Informal Reviews will be conducted.

By February 17, 2012 all adjustments to assessed values that result from an Informal Review will be completed. If your property’s assessment was adjusted by such an Informal Review, you (and your taxing bodies) will be given a thirty (30) day right to file a Formal Appeal of that Informal adjustment.

After reading all of this information you will most likely be asking the following questions:

What exactly are “Informal Reviews"?

How are “Informal Reviews" different from “Formal Appeals"?

If I am unhappy with my new assessment, will I need to file for an “Informal Review", a “Formal Appeal" or both?

The simple answers to these questions are, “I don’t know yet". The procedural guidelines for the Informal Reviews have not been set. We don’t even know how or where someone would file for an Informal Review. We don’t know where they will take place or what outcomes a property owner could expect from an Informal Review. There will likely be plenty procedural reasons to file either an Informal Review, a Formal Appeal, or maybe both, but that discussion will have to wait until a later date when more information is available.

For now, the important thing to remember is, owners of residential property Pittsburgh/Mount Oliver will get their new assessments around December 9, 2011. Once that notice arrives, the clock will be ticking for you to decide what to do. It is my intent to continue with my updates as that date comes closer. In my future updates, I hope to provide you with simple steps you can take to quickly review your own assessment and determine what action (if any) is needed.

As always, please do not hesitate to call (412-904-5305) or email (Werner@ZunderWerner.com) my office with questions or concerns. Also, if you have a group of friends, co-workers, or a community group that would benefit from a short educational presentation on this topic, please let me know. It is my goal to educate as many Allegheny County property owners as I can.