Beaver County Assessment Office as it appears in 2019 / photo by Matthew LaComb

Commissioners have until January to enter into a contract with a company to reassess all taxable properties in the county, according to an order issued today by Judge Dale Fouse.

The work must be completed by June 2022 with the reassessments going into effect in 2023.

Fouse’s ruling comes after a lengthy legal battle between county commissioners and developer CJ Betters, who filed litigation in Dec. 2015 alleging inequities with the county’s current tax system, which is based on assessments conducted in 1982. Commissioners fought the litigation all the way up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which earlier this month denied an appeal of a local court ruling that mandated a reassessment.

The initial ruling from 2017 required all properties be reassessed by June 2020 with the new tax bills taking effect in 2021. While the commissioners were advised it was unlikely they would be successful in fending off a reassessment, the county’s legal wranglings were successful in delaying the work until after November’s county elections. Commissioners Dan Camp and Tony Amadio are both seeking reelection, with Commissioner Sandie Egley running for county treasurer.

Betters is now asking the court to order the county to reimburse his unspecified legal expenses from the lengthy litigation; Fouse has scheduled a July 29 hearing to determine whether taxpayers will be required to cover his costs.

Commissioners have estimated the cost of reassessment could be upwards of $10 million. The county maintains no substantive reserve fund and will now likely be forced to float a bond to meet those expenses, adding to approximately $120 million in debt already outstanding. The county’s credit rating has repeatedly been downgraded in recent years due to what financial analysts have characterized as “persistent deficits” and “weak management,” increasing the costs of borrowing money.

What happened the last time there was a countywide reassessment? Read the fascinating history as compiled by BeaverCountian.com in its in-depth report: Will A Reassessment Rebellion Be Repeated In Beaver County? Revisiting The 1982 Revolt

See Also:

State Funded Study Issues Dire Warnings – Debunks Claims By Amadio And Camp About County’s Finances

Reassessment Of Every Property In Beaver County Is Happening! Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Commissioners’ Appeal

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Silence DoGood
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Silence DoGood

Have y’all figured it out yet? CJ hates Amadio and all the old school politicos. He could of turned this valley around decades ago and the “old school” Democrat’s all blocked his investments because he wouldn’t cut them in. Your all feeling the effects today while he runs Amadio’s worthless sleepy ass into the ground like a dog. Keep on voting for him and Camp and see if it gets any better dip shits.

Little Jimmy
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Little Jimmy

Yea…OK. SMH.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Maybe the people of this county will now realize and accept the fact that our commissioners screwed us again. Everyone with half a brain cell (except commissioners up for re-election) knew that they were going to lose this case. The real plan was to stall and delay the outcome and the inevitable tax increase that will follow until AFTER the election. How many times did the Sleeper say that the county budget is fine, nothing to worry about here folks. “We, haven’t raised taxes in ten years”. No shit, I can pay the interest on my bills and use smoke and mirrors and excessive borrowing to cover up the holes. That is the old way of doing political bullshit. It’s a new era and hopefully the party line voters will get their heads out of their asses and vote for a clean slate. How much worse could it get? I hope Betters sues the county and they have to pay every nickel of his legal expenses for being so stupid. The gumbas will figure out that CB isn’t cutting them in for shit. Hold tight to those wallets folks. You’re going to get the best f-cking of your life in the next year or two. Maybe Robber Baron Rossi and his 3rd grade sidekick will really build their empire. All on company time sucking the blood out of those they will get the scoop on through their inside dealing. Potter’s field here we come. Beaver county will cease to exist in a couple more years. Receivership, bankruptcy and skyrocketing taxes. Thanks commissioners for looking out for your citizenry. I bet they don’t squander resources at home like they do using our taxpayer money. The only saving grace might be that the Queen will leave a dowry behind for the county when she departs. 10% of all she pilfered through the years. Except for Friendship Ridge, her crowning achievement. Loser and the Midget better hurry up and suck up the overtime and wasteful spending. The trough will be dry very soon.

Truthful
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Truthful

Agree100%! Voting straight ticket is just plain lazy…

I’m voting D and R in this next election! Amadio and Camp MUST go. Secret meetings with mob connected people? Lozier and Guy – goodbye! And that’s from a registered Republican. No one has the intelligence to cut the size of county government, the TRUE problem! Bunch of fake R’s.

It will be interesting to see just how dumb people are…. point in fact:

Hire (vote) for someone with NO education, NO experience, and NO integrity? Just what Michael Rossi is! But he will likely win the Prothonotary election. He openly stated that he wants to be a , “figurehead”…. What? $60,000 a year to walk around with a cup of coffee??? He can’t DO the job!

Then there’s Jodi Hill. I do not know her, but she is abundantly qualified for that job. Degree in Criminology, experience, etc. She probably won’t win because she’s not politically connected! It’s a real shame.

It’s mind-boggling stupidity.

Skeeter Hill
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Skeeter Hill

Just great! This will give them more tax money to mismanage!!!

Valdamir
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Valdamir

What did we get for the 120 mil of debt?

Truthful
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Truthful

More made-up jobs!

Lemme Tell You What You Got
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Lemme Tell You What You Got

You got screwed for it; that’s what your got. Reelect Camp, Amadio, Losier and Guy and you better lube up because this screwing is going to seem like it was just foreplay.

Martin
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Martin

Rob Mattie get off your dead ass Wright a bill to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania once and for all this reassessment is going to be a cluster fuck and when it is done it will still be fucked up