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Armstrong adds fee for assessment challenges

Tribune-Review
| Friday, November 21, 2014 4:26 a.m.

Property owners in Armstrong County who challenge their assessment can expect to pay a fee to have their case heard.

Armstrong County Commissioners approved a plan Thursday to charge property owners $25 to challenge residential property assessments, and a $100 fee for commercial and industrial properties.

The fees go into effect on Jan. 1 and will be used to offset the cost to employ the county’s three-person assessment appeals board, said Jeanne Englert.

“This should cover the majority of our costs. These are reasonable fees that are similar to what the majority of counties across Pennsylvania charge,” Englert said. “We just need to offset the cost of having an appeal board.”

The board handles about 100 assessment appeals per year, which costs roughly $3,600. About 95 of assessment appeals the office receives are for residential properties. The fees are expected to generate $2,875 a year, Englert said.

“The county used to foot the entire bill, but we believe the cost of appealing should fall mostly on the people appealing their assessment,” Englert said.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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