County Announces Bypass Process for Commercial Property Appeals

PITTSBURGH – The Board of Property Assessment Appeals & Review today encouraged commercial property owners to consider using a “bypass process” in which commercial property owners may waive a requested formal appeal of their 2013 reassessed value and go directly to the Court of Common Pleas Board of Viewers for disposition.

“The Board received approximately 15,000 commercial appeals for the 2013 court-ordered reassessment,” said Board of Property Assessments Appeal & Review Solicitor David Montgomery. “Based on the volume of appeals and number of commercial appraisers available for hearings, there is no guarantee they will all be scheduled and heard in 2012.  Judge Wettick provided a commercial bypass option, and we are encouraging those property owners who meet the requirements to take advantage of it if their goal is to receive an expedited resolution of their commercial appeal.”

In order to qualify for the bypass option, a commercial property must have a 2013 reassessed value of more than $1 million. For those owning multiple properties as part of the same commercial facility, the aggregate 2013 reassessed values of the properties must exceed $1 million in value.

Those commercial property owners meeting the requirements and wishing to take advantage of the bypass must submit a written request and application to the Board of Property Assessment Appeals & Review. Property owners will also have to pay a filing fee of $106.

The county is sending letters to all commercial property owners informing them about the bypass process. Additional information, including a bypass application and options for filing, may be found at Commercial Bypass Information.

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