State Supreme Court ends Washington County's attempt to avoid reassessments

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 5:39 p.m.

Washington County officials lost their last chance to avoid reassessing the county's property values when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected their appeal.

County supervisors in March began seeking request for proposals from companies interested in performing the reassessment. Bids are due May 17.

The Washington and McGuffey school districts in 2008 sued to force a reassessment for tax purposes, which the county last conducted in 1981.

Common Pleas Judge Debbie O'Dell Seneca in 2011 ordered county officials to abide by a consent decree they agreed to which said the reassessment process would start. The state Superior Court in December rejected an appeal by the county, which then appealed to the Supreme Court.

A status conference in the lawsuit is scheduled June 4 before O'Dell Seneca.

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