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PA Property Tax Reassessment Reform Task Force Reports

PA Property Tax Reassessment Reform Task Force Reports

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Final Reports of the House Resolution 343 and 344 Task Force on Property Valuation and Reassessment Reform
Final Reports of the House Resolution 343 and 344 Task Force on Property Valuation and Reassessment Reform

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Final Report of theHouse Resolution 343 Task Force onProperty Valuation and Reassessment
Date: April 10, 2012
 
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ...................................................................................................................................................... 3Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................. 3Background.................................................................................................................................................................. 5Topics of Study ........................................................................................................................................................... 7Develop a Set of Uniform Standards for County Reassessment Contracting ................................................ 7Recommendations.............................................................................................................................................. 9Develop Standards for Disclosing the County's System of Property Valuation and Assessment .............. 9Recommendation ............................................................................................................................................... 9Develop a Self-evaluation Tool for Counties to Determine when a Reassessment is Warranted ............... 9Recommendation ............................................................................................................................................. 10Recommend a Standard to be Used for a Statewide Mandatory Reassessment Time Frame ................... 10Recommendation ............................................................................................................................................. 11Present any other Recommendations to Improve the System of Property Tax Reassessment in thisCommonwealth .................................................................................................................................................... 11Recommendation ............................................................................................................................................. 12Conclusion ................................................................................................................................................................. 12Appendices ................................................................................................................................................................ 13A. House Resolution 343 .................................................................................................................................... 14B. Relevant Legislation ....................................................................................................................................... 20House Bill 1463 ................................................................................................................................................. 21House Bill 1465 ................................................................................................................................................. 24House Bill 1696 ................................................................................................................................................. 27House Bill 1712 ................................................................................................................................................. 30House Bill 84 ..................................................................................................................................................... 32House Bill 2137 ................................................................................................................................................. 34Senate Bill 1439 ................................................................................................................................................. 37C. Comments ......................................................................................................................................................... 45State Representative Jesse White ................................................................................................................... 46Pennsylvania School Boards Association ..................................................................................................... 47
 
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Acknowledgments
The members of Task Force would like to thank the following agencies and individuals for theirassistance in this endeavor:The staff of the Local Government Commission with special thanks to Danette Hobbs Magee fortheir expertise and effort in helping us to reach our goal.The staff of the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee with special thanks to MaryannNardone for their expertise and efforts in helping us to reach our goal.
Introduction
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted House Resolution 343 on June 27, 2011,by a vote of 199-0. This Resolution created a Task Force to
study Pennsylvania’s current
property valuation and reassessment process and to address the following issues:
Develop a set of uniform standards for county reassessment contracting;
Develop standards for disclosing the county's system of property valuation andassessment;
Develop a self-evaluation tool for counties to determine when a reassessment iswarranted;
Recommend a standard to be used for a Statewide mandatory reassessment timeframe; and
Present any other recommendations to improve the system of property taxreassessment in this Commonwealth.The Resolution established the membership of the Task Force and was comprised of thefollowing members:
State Representative Chris Ross, as a member of the Local Government Commission.
State Representative Steve Santarsiero, as a member of the Local GovernmentCommission.
State Representative Jesse White.
State Representative Rick Saccone.
Charles
“JR”
Hardester, CPE, Chief Assessor, Lawrence County, representing theAssessors
Association of Pennsylvania.
Randy Waggoner, CPE, Chief Assessor, Perry County, representing the Assessors
 Association of Pennsylvania.
James A. Hercik, CPE, Chief Assessor, Fayette County, representing the CountyCommissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
Joan Righter Price, Esq., Solicitor, Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals,representing the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
Alan Shuckrow, School Director, North Allegheny School District, representing thePennsylvania School Boards Association.
Robert Junker, representing the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

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