Local Government Commission

of the  

Pennsylvania General Assembly

Property Assessment Reform Task Force

Given assessment-related litigation currently and in recent years, and reported inconsistencies and inequities in the Pennsylvania's property assessment system, the Local Government Commission (LGC), at its November 16, 2016, meeting, decided to create Assessment Reform Task Force. The Task Force is made up of:

  • Four members of the Local Government Commission, equally appointed from the Senate and House majority and minority caucuses.
  • An appointment from the Department of Community and Economic Development
  • An appointment from the Department of Revenue.
  • Appointments from the LGC, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, Assessors' Association of Pennsylvania, Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, and State Tax Equalization Board.

The Task Force's purpose is to facilitate development and implementation of remedies to address recommendations in recent House Resolution reports related to modernization, efficiency, transparency and fairness of the property assessment process in Pennsylvania. The reports include the House Resolution 334 of 2009 Report, Pennsylvania's System for Property Valuation and Reassessment, by the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, the Final Report of the House Resolution 343 [of 2011] Task Force on Property Valuation and Reassessment, and the Final Report of the House Resolution 344 [of 2011] Task Force on Property Valuation and Reassessment and the Pennsylvania State Tax Equalization Board.

Task Force Meetings and Minutes

Thursday, January 26, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 13, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 8, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Task Force Progress

Status Update

Task Force Accomplishments

Senate Bill 689 and House Bill 1361, amending the Real Estate Appraisers Certification Act to provide for the appointment of two Certified Pennsylvania Evaluators to the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

Senate Bill 832 and House Bill 1594, amending the Assessors Certification Act to provide for the qualifications and training of revaluation company personnel and Certified Pennsylvania Evaluators.

Data Collector Standards for gathering data on characteristics of parcels required for property valuation, recommended to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania/Assessors' Association of Pennsylvania for adoption as a "best practice" and incorporation into their training program.

Task Force Members

Local Government Commission

Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr., Chairman

Senator John P. Blake

Representative Kate Harper

Representative Mary Jo Daley

Richard "Rick" Vilello

Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs & Development

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Radee Skipworth

Policy Director

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Douglas Hill, Executive Director

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Joan Righter Price, Esq.

Eastburn and Gray

Representing the Assessors' Association of Pennsylvania

Charles "J.R." Hardester, CPE, MS, Chief Assessor

Lawrence County

Representing the Assessors' Association of Pennsylvania

Renee Reynolds, Director

State Tax Equalization Board

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Maryann Nardone, Ph.D., Project Manager

Legislative Budget and Finance Committee

Philip Klotz, Executive Director

David Greene, Esq., Assistant Director-Legal Counsel

Danette Magee, Research Associate

Karen Bear, Secretary

Local Government Commission




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