The long awaited property tax reassessment in Washington County will wait a bit longer.
Washington County officials have pushed back the mailing of new assessments to property owners to February 2016, one year later than first announced. That means the new assessment values will be in effect for the 2017 tax year.
Tyler Technologies, the company that also handled the Allegheny County reassessment, is currently sending its data collectors to properties in Washington County for exterior measurements and photos. The data collectors will ask questions at the door such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the types of heating and cooling systems, the year the house was built and the general physical condition of the interior and exterior. If the homeowner is not present, the data collector will leave a questionnaire to be completed regarding the interior and also the general condition of the home.
Tyler’s appraisers will analyze the data and provide residents with a chance to make any condition changes or corrections before assigning an assessed value. The assessed values will bemailed to property owners in February, 2016.
If property owners object to their property’s appraised value, they will have an opportunity to file an informal value review, scheduled to be held in March and April of 2016. If they are not satisfied with the results of the informal review, they may file for a formal appeal with the Washington County Tax Revenue Deptartment no later than Sept. 1, 2016.
If the process has a familiar ring it is because it is the same procedure that was used in the recent Allegheny County reassessment project.