Policy Brief

Where are assessment and appeal policies headed?

Summary: 2020 begins with a ruling in a lawsuit over taxing body appeals of assessed values. What does that mean for purchasers who are often subject to what many term a “newcomer’s tax”? It is a familiar tale: Pennsylvania allows … Continue reading


Return of the Penn Hills tax hike?

Last week’s presentation of the 2020-21 preliminary budget for the Penn Hills School District is not likely to extend any new year’s cheer for taxpayers.  The current property tax millage of 28.66 mills could increase.  It might outstrip the Act … Continue reading

Colin McNickle at Large

Between the lines with Marty LaMar

It was on New Year’s Eve that we asked this public policy question: Why was Marty LaMar fired in May 2017? On Jan. 14, the Post-Gazette’s Rich Lord offered some insight. LaMar took over as the City of Pittsburgh’s chief … Continue reading