Post-Gazette columnist Brian O'Neill reports that Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner will soon launch a website keeping towns honest on their tax rates.
As the reassessment drags on, many municipalities are opting to delay passing a new millage because they don't know how much their properties are worth. Ms. Wagner has criticized the county for setting its tax rate too high, overcharging residents by an average of $50. (According to her figures, at least.)
O'Neill advises readers to stow their grumbling. "It's also true that sticker shock comes from reassessments being delayed for so long," he writes. "For a decade, some homeowners paid more than they should have and some less because the old assessments were so far from reality. (Yes, even further from reality than new assessments, taken in total.)"