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State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl
Ravenstahl-backed bill to stop reassessments passes the state House
HARRISBURG, April 4 – Legislation supported by state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, that would impose a temporary moratorium on Allegheny's County's court-ordered property reassessments passed the state House of Representatives today.
"Many of my constituents are worried about skyrocketing property tax bills that could be triggered by the reassessment of their home," Ravenstahl said. "This legislation would hit the pause button on the project and give us time to develop a fair, progressive tax system."
Ravenstahl said the current property tax system is unfair, particularly to those on fixed incomes, such as senior citizens.
House Bill 2137 now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill would stop all countywide reassessments until the General Assembly has enacted legislation to address problems discovered by the Reassessment Task Force, or until Dec. 31, 2013. The task force, which developed policies and procedures to ensure uniformity among counties throughout the Commonwealth, is scheduled to release its findings within the next week.
A similar bill Ravenstahl supported passed both chambers last year, but it was vetoed by Gov. Tom Corbett after a Senate amendment applied the moratorium to Washington County only.