Assessment Task Force Concludes its Work

Assessment Task Force Concludes its Work

The Assessment Reform Task Force, a project of the Local Government Commission, recently wrapped up its work according to the Commission.  This past weekend the Task Force was saluted with a resolution by the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, which, in part, stated its work will be included in “educational programming and training for all county officials and assessment staff across the commonwealth.”

The Task Force’s products include a self-evaluation tool and model RFP for counties that contract with vendors to undertake countywide reassessments. The self-evaluation guide notes “this document is not intended to indicate whether a reassessment is appropriate for any county, but is instead more of a survey of the many questions, observations, and discussions that must occur prior to reaching such a conclusion”.

Of course, in the nearly ten years since the Allegheny County decision by the Supreme Court and the report by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee on the state’s assessment practices, there is still no movement in the General Assembly to prescribe a regular reassessment cycle.  A similar panel that finished up in 2012 could not agree on assessment solutions.

This year new values went into effect in Lancaster County (the appeal date for next year just arrived last week). In the meantime there is a court case over reassessments in Beaver County and updated values coming next year and in 2021 in Monroe and Delaware Counties, respectively.