New Chance to Appeal 2013 Assessments! Last night, by a vote of 12-2, Allegheny County Council passed Ordinance #7331-13 allowing property owners to file their 2013 assessment appeals anytime before April 1, 2013. The previous deadline was way back on April 2, 2012. Essentially, the appeal period for 2013 assessment appeals has been re-opened. Due to the vague language of the Ordinance and the Assessment Appeals Board’s silence on this matter, the exact effect is open to varying interpretations. That being said, I will do my best to explain what it this most likely means for you. Who does this affect? 1. Recent purchasers of real estate who never had a chance to appeal their assessment in 2012; and 2. Property owners who decided not to appeal their assessment in 2012 and are now regretting that decision. Who will this probably not affect? Property owners who already had their formal 2013 assessment appeal and are dissatisfied with the results. While we will know more after the Assessment Appeals Board states their position on this matter, it is unlikely this class of property owners will be given a “second bite at the same apple". What else does this mean? Taxing bodies (i.e. School Districts, Municipalities and the County) may also file 2013 assessment appeals anytime prior to April 1, 2013. What should I do? 1. If you missed your chance to appeal last year, you have been given a new opportunity. Review your current assessment, determine the fair market value of your property and if the discrepancy is large, file your appeal by April 1, 2013; 2. Keep an eye on your mail for a taxing body appeal notice. If you receive such a notice, do not ignore it, there are significant property taxes at stake; or 3. Contact us. We have years of experience dealing with property assessments and are happy answer your questions and assist you in any way we can. -Michael I. Werner, Esq.