Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Trib: Mt. Lebanon, Thornburg get exemption to limit on increase in revenues

At least two Allegheny County municipalities have received exemptions to the state's anti-windfall legislation, allowing them potentially to collect more than 5 percent of any increase in revenue generated by reassessments of properties.

Common Pleas Judge Terrence W. O'Brien last week approved the exemptions for Mt. Lebanon and Thornburg so each municipality can collect enough revenue to cover expenditures in their 2012 budgets. The amount of revenue is limited to what municipalities have budgeted for this year.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that mean that the remaining Allegheny County municipalities, including Allegheny County itself, who have approved operating budgets with tax increases exceeding 5% but have not applied for and received necessary Court approval will be violating Commonwealth law ?

Methinks they may if they proceed without necessary Court approval after the County reassessment has been officially certified and implemented.

What say the experts out there ?

Bill Lewis

January 04, 2012 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Bob Reich, Jr. said...

Can someone explain what I'm missing? I just looked on the assessment website and every property on our old street - including the house we JUST SOLD - does not have a number that is even close to the actual value of the house and property. Assuming that is the case everywhere else, where is the "windfall"?

January 07, 2012 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob, only the city and Mt Oliver have received their numbers so far. What you see on the website for your street are the old numbers.

Hope you are doing well in S. Carolina.

Dave Franklin

January 08, 2012 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a Commonwealth statute requirement that reassessment certification must occur by January 15 is the ploy that the new ACE is using to justify his position...and a county court ruling cannot trump state law.

It is very unlikely that Pgh. city & Mt. Oliver certification can occur by Jan 15th. & impossible for the remainder of Allegheny County. Wonder if 2013 rather than 2012 will become the year as a result ?

Bill Lewis

January 08, 2012 10:19 AM  

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