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Group sues to overturn reassessments in Blair County

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 4, 2017 10:50 AM
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(Hollidaysburg) -- Some citizens are suing Blair County and asking a court to prevent property owners from being taxed on new values the group says are unfair.

Aaron Ritchey, president of Blair County Citizens for Accurate Reassessment, says the county's vendor wrongly and unfairly inflated some property values by using a computerized mass appraisal system when updating property values late last year.

Farmer William Replege says his property taxes are increasing from $3,000 to $20,000 annually. Others say their taxes are wrongly slated to increase between 400 percent and 600 percent.

The county's attorney, Janet Burkhardt, says officials followed the law and that residents can appeal if they think reassessments are unfair.

The citizens group says appeals are too complicated and costly for elderly and poorer residents.

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