Thursday, January 5, 2012

More Help with Assessment Appeals

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City will be stepping up its efforts to provide residents with support in filing informal and formal property assessment appeals, following more than 10 community meetings geared at explaining the property assessment appeal process. The judicially ordered assessment process administered by the County of Allegheny is not something the mayor agrees with and he continues to do everything he can to assist residents through the appeal process.

The Mayor’s office will be teaming up with City Council and the Controller’s office to deploy extra city staff at 12 City senior centers and at the City-County Building Monday through Friday next week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Staff will spend 30-minutes, one-on-one, to help residents submit their appeals, as well as to submit any applicable tax rebates such as the Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief or the Homestead Exclusion. To receive the one-on-one counseling, residents must schedule an appointment by calling the Mayor’s 3-1-1 Response Line. The line will be open extended hours, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in order to schedule residents.

The deadline for residents to file informal reviews is next Friday, Jan. 13. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, residents must follow a simple two-step process:

  • Call 3-1-1 to schedule a 30-minute meeting at their local senior center.
  • Bring their photo I.D. and property assessment notice from the County to the scheduled meeting.

If seniors need transportation to a scheduled meeting, the City may be able to help but we encourage the help of friends, families and neighbors.

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