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Blair Co. housing assessment not done in 56 years
By: WJAC Web Staff
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- The last time a reassessment was completed in Blair County was in 1958, which means residents have been paying an outdated tax rate.
Leaders in Blair County said public safety is on the line if they do not act soon.
Tuesday, the commissioners released the findings of a study that showed serious inequalities in the tax system and decided to officially move forward with the project, that is to cost about $4 million.
The commissioners said the Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC law firm report was eye-opening and the lack of equality in the countys tax system made it clear that Blair County had the oldest tax rate in Pennsylvania.
We found that properties that are appreciating in value are being taxed at a lower percentage of their value and properties that are decreasing in value are being taxed at a higher percentage of their value, said Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC employee Janet Burkardt.
We have actually taken the official action and weve also gone forward with hiring a firm, a law firm to help us oversee, the process to help us, first off, to select a firm to do the reassessment and then to help us monitor the process as we move forward, said Blair County Commissioner Diane Meling.