Property Value Study Results Released

By WTAJ News

Published 02/26 2014 10:22AM

Updated 02/26 2014 10:32AM

HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY – A study authorized by the Blair County Commissioners showed uneven tax rates across the county based on outdated property values.

The study is part of their effort to build a case in favor of a county-wide reassessment. Figures presented to the commissioners focused on similar properties that had been sold in recent years.

“We found that the 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 meaning those  properties are paying  more than their  fair share in taxes,” said Janet Burkardt with Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC.

Commissioners expect to get the full analysis of property values in the county in the next week.

The completed study is expected to be one more step leading to a full county-wide reassessment that could get started this year and take about two years to complete.

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