Delaware County Court Orders Reassessment of All Properties

Stradley Ronon obtained a mandatory injunction from the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas that requires a reassessment of all property in Delaware County. The Stradley Litigation team represented two families who had purchased new homes in the county in 2013 that were assessed at an extraordinarily high percentage of their fair market values. In consolidated appeals from the Delaware County Board of Assessment Appeals, the Stradley team won not only a significantly reduced assessment for the families, but also a decision acknowledging the pervasive inequities in the taxation of properties due to the county’s failure to reassess properties since 1998. Expert testimony established that properties throughout the county have been assessed at markedly different percentages of their fair market value since 2004. The court determined that the necessary remedy was a countywide reassessment of all properties. The court directed the county to submit a plan and preliminary timetable to accomplish the reassessment by July 1, 2017, and ordered that the Pennsylvania Tax Equalization (formerly STEB) ratio be applied to all tax assessment appeals until the countywide reassessment is completed.

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