Lebanon County reassessment one step closer to completion

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Nov 16, 2012 12:46 PM
Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

(Lebanon) -- Lebanon County's controversial property reassessment is one step closer to completion, but the process could continue in court for a few property owners.

County commissioners beat a court-imposed deadline by certifying the project that determines the values and tax rates of properties across the county.

Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz says while more than 5,000 property owners filed formal appeals of the new values, only about 300 are slated to take the cases to court.

She says the board wants to make the process as easy as possible.

"We have a staff attorney, we have staff that would handle it," Litz says, "but for people coming in if there's still a miscommunication that could be straightened out, we'd really like to take that and get it done for them."

The firm hired by the county to conduct the assessment puts the value of its taxable property at about $9.9 billion.

The total is close to what it predicted after data collectors began visiting properties in the summer of 2010.

The reassessment was ordered after an Annville couple sued the county in 2008.

Lebanon County's properties were last reassessed in 1972.

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