Acting on the March 2017 court order by Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles B. Burr that the county undertake the first complete reassessment of all property valuations in the county since 2000, the Delaware County County Council yesterday awarded a $6 million dollar contract to Tyler Technologies to conduct the countywide reassessment.
The court order for the reassessment originates from a lawsuit filed by a homeowner in Rose Valley and Haverford who argued that the county’s methodology for assessing the value of homes lacked uniformity and therefore violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Property assessments form the value basis which are used by local governmental bodies to levy property taxes and determine tax bills. The goal of the reassessment is to distribute the tax burden more fairly, but there are bound to be winners and losers as a result of this process.
By law a reassessment must be revenue neutral, so collectively taxpayers are not expected to pay more or less as a result, though some individual properties will pay more or less after a new basis is established.
County Council also approved a contract Wednesday for a company to provide aerial photographs of properties to use in the reassessment. The photographs will be used to compare building permits and other existing property information to actual property characteristics.
Property owners are expected to receive notification of the reassessment by mail and will be asked to confirm property data with information on file with the County. In some cases assessors will make in person visits to some homes.
Property owners will receive their new assessments in 2020, and will be able to file appeals before the new assessments are reflected in their property taxes in 2021.
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