Blair’s first reassessment meeting to feature video outlining plans

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Blair County’s first public informational meeting on the forthcoming property reassessment has been scheduled.

Commissioner Diane Meling announced Tuesday that the meeting is set for 7 p.m. June 10 at the Blair County Convention Center.

Representatives for Evaluator Services & Technology Inc. of Greensburg will be ready to present a video explaining Blair County’s plans for the first property reassessment since 1958, Meling said. EST Inc. is the company that commissioners hired to handle the reassessment process, which is expected to move forward this summer when data collectors begin on-site surveys of properties. It’s also the same company that is handling Indiana County’s ongoing reassessment process.

In addition to county leaders and EST personnel, Pittsburgh attorney Janet Burkardt, the county’s reassessment consultant, is expected to be at the session and available to provide input.

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to attend, commissioners Chairman Terry Tomassetti said.

The commissioners initiated the reassessment process earlier this year after budget projections showed the county won’t have enough money to pay its bills in 2017 and won’t be able to increase general fund real estate taxes because the county will be at 30-mill maximum levy allowed by the state.

In April, commissioners signed a $3.34 million contract with EST Inc. to conduct reassessment, which is expected to continue through the end of the year and throughout 2015 with the on-site property surveys. Updated property assessments, to replace the 1958 values now listed on property tax bills and in the county’s records, are expected to be issued in June 2016.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.