Uncle Irvin: County Commissioners hiding reassessment
By Steven Hoffman
Last month, Uncle Irvin wrote a column about a court-mandated property reassessment in Delaware County.
A Delaware County Common Pleas judge is upholding a plaintiff's contention that Delaware County's property tax is unconstitutional because it has not been reassessed in 20 years, and is not fair and uniform. Uncle Irvin pointed out that Chester County had not conducted a county-wide reassessment since 1998, and would also have to conduct one imminently.
The three elected County Commissioners are solely responsible for county-wide property reassessment. Two are Republicans – Terence Farrell and Michelle Kichline – and the other is Democrat Kathi Cozzone. Thus far, they have not talked about the county-wide property reassessment issue.
At least one-third of Chester County's residential and commercial assessments are way too high, putting undue pressure on these property owners to pay a higher share of ballooning school taxes than other property owners.
Uncle Irvin is requesting that the three County Commissioners step up and tell the taxpayers when and how reassessment will be conducted in Chester County.
If they don't act, we should all remind them again.