Judges say Washington County commissioners can't appeal reassessment order
Published: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
Washington County could be headed for county-wide property reassessment because a state appeals court Wednesday tossed an appeal from the county's commissioners.
Common Pleas President Judge Debbie O'Dell Seneca ruled in 2011 that the commissioners voluntarily entered into a court-approved 2008 agreement to reassess properties. She rejected a request to put that order hold.
In writing for a three-judge panel, Senior Commonwealth Court Judge James G. Colins wrote that O'Dell Seneca's order was not appealable and that the commissioners missed the deadline anyway. The county could ask the state Supreme Court to hear the case.
Susan M. Key, an attorney representing McGuffey and Washington school districts, which are pushing the reassessment, said she would file a request with O'Dell Seneca within the next week to set a deadline for the county to hire an outside company to conduct the reassessment.
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