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Uncle Irvin: Waiting for a court order

09/18/2018 03:55PM ● By Richard Gaw

By Uncle Irvin

I read recently that real estate reassessment in neighboring Delaware County is progressing. Delaware County was forced into reassessing by a court order, not by their County Commissioners.

Delaware County and Chester County had not reassessed in more than 20 years. A new homeowner who was unhappy with the assessment on his home sued Delaware County and was granted relief by the courts. No one has yet sued the Chester County Commissioners and they have not acted on their own volition to correct the obvious inequities that have occurred in the last 20 years.

This means that anyone who has moved into a home or commercial building in the last 20 years is probably paying higher property taxes based on a higher assessment than the status quo. Allowing this serious inequity to continue is bad government.

Fortunately, next year, all three County Commissioner seats are up for election, and voting property owners can throw the three incumbent rascals out of office.

(This is an occasional column written by Uncle Irvin. As always, the column is the opinion of Uncle Irvin, and is not a news story.)

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