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What Does Property Reassessment Mean for You?
12/16/2016
Rep. Steven Mentzer (R-Lititz)
I have been getting a lot of phone calls and emails from people wondering how the reassessment of 189,000 properties in Lancaster County will affect them financially and otherwise.

The last time the county reassessed properties was in 2005. Lancaster County uses base year methodology to set assessed values. Lancaster County’s base year will be set as January 1, 2015 with an effective date of January 1, 2018.

Ideally every county should reassess every three to four years. However, the typical period between reassessments in Pennsylvania is at least 20 years. Lancaster County, by resolution in 1997, adopted an eight year schedule for reassessment.

A reassessment is done to equalize all assessments and current fair market values at 100 percent.

The taxing jurisdictions (the county, the municipalities and school districts) cannot collect more revenue as a result of the reassessment, than in the previous tax year. If a taxing district does want to raise more revenue, it must hold a separate vote to adjust their millage rate in order to collect that additional revenue. The law caps the additional revenue at 10 percent total amount collected in the preceding tax year.

That limit is different for school districts, which are limited to an annual index as provided by the State Department of Education. In recent years, the index was generally around 2 percent.

Because of all the inquiries on this matter, I recently put together a special legislative report on the reassessment program with John Mavrides, Lancaster County’s Director of Assessment. You can watch this program by visiting RepMentzer.com. It is right there on the front of my website.
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