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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Judge Rules Taxpayers Won’t Be On The Hook For Betters’ Legal Expenses In Reassessment Case

Beaver County will not be on the hook for the $166,000 in legal expenses incurred by a county businessman in forcing a countywide property reassessment.

County Judge Dale Fouse ruled today the county doesn’t have to reimburse C.J. Betters for the lengthy legal battle he won in June.

Betters filed litigation in December 2015 alleging inequities with the county’s current tax system, which is based on assessments conducted in 1982. County commissioners fought the case up to the state Supreme Court.

Commissioners now have until January to enter into a contract with a company to reassess the more than 90,000 taxable properties in the county.

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

Chief County Solicitor Garen Fedeles said during Tuesday’s commissioners work session that work on the process has begun.

“The RFQ (Request for Quote) for the reassessment project is going out. It’s going to be in the paper on Monday. Potential applicants have until Sept. 23rd to submit their packet, at which point we’ll review,” Fedeles said.

The court’s initial ruling from 2017 required all properties be reassessed by June 2020 with the new tax bills taking effect in 2021.

Betters alleged commissioners sought an intentional delay and “engaged in dilatory, obdurate, vexatious or arbitrary conduct when they took this case to trial.” But Fouse ruled they were simply exercising their rights.

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.

Commissioners have estimated the cost of reassessment could be upward of $10 million.

See Also:

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Lori Boone
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Lori Boone (DeLauter) has more than 20 years of experience in investigative and community journalism. She’s won more than a dozen regional, state and national journalism awards.

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John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Yeah, we need more people to run for commissioner or we are fucked.

rick
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rick

Thank you Judge Dale Fouse for your ruling.

M.T. Pockets
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M.T. Pockets

There is little doubt the commissioners did this to stall until AFTER the elections. However I agree with Judge Fouse That the county is within their rights to appeal. It just sucks, (doesn’t it Mr Betters), when people cost other people money for their own personal gain!

Raven
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Raven

Where can we order one of those blow-up balloons like the Duck or Baby Trump, but of Chuckie Betters? Then, we can fill out the paperwork for a Courthouse protest rally. We’ll have to double the head size, though.

sezme
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sezme

just use a giant inflatable DICK. look on the internet raven, you can have them custom made.

old time voter
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old time voter

Everyone in beaver county who pays property taxes should avoid doing business with little chuckie.

Truthful
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Truthful

Good luck there! Too little a population….

Raven
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Raven

Small towns, small incomes, vulnerable citizens and politics. A guy with a million dollars or so to invest and have his way is a serious thing. This former mill tough has forgotten his roots and plays sugar daddy with blue collar workers afraid of job losses and servile politicians in need of campaign money. Actually, it’s on a quite petty scale, but it is magnified in this poor County context. When he eventually leaves this life, they will erect a statue to him, but only the pigeons and a Commissioner or two will visit it.

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