Presentation on the Tax Reassessment Geared Towards Tax Collectors

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A presentation on Delaware County’s Tax Reassessment was held on March 5. Tyler Technologies presented information on the county’s Tax Reassessment Project currently underway. The presentation was geared towards tax collectors including school districts and municipal, city and borough leaders. Tyler and County officials detailed the timeline of the project and explained the impact of the assessment as it relates to tax collection from municipalities, cities, boroughs and school districts. The presentation was followed by a Question and Answer session.

As part of the countywide property tax reassessment process which began in 2017, Delaware County began notifying residents of their tentative property values beginning mid-February. Informal notices of the new tentative property values are currently being mailed to all County residents. The notices are being sent to the addresses which are currently on file with the Delaware County Assessment Office. If a property owner believes the new assessment does not represent fair market value, they are encouraged to schedule an informal meeting with Tyler Technologies. The informal meetings offer owners the opportunity to discuss the basis for their individual property assessment one-on-one with Tyler staff. Once the informal reviews are completed, Tyler Technologies Inc. will submit updated property values to the County in June. The County will notify property owners of their updated property value in July. Property owners who do not agree with the July notice of values can request a formal appeal of their property, which will be heard by members of the County’s Tax Assessment Appeals Board. County Council anticipates extending the period for filing a formal appeal until September 1, 2020. Formal hearings will begin in July. Both the informal meeting with Tyler and the formal appeal can be filed free of charge for the year of the reassessment.

The County is undergoing the tax reassessment process as mandated by the Courts in 2017. The court determined that property values across Delaware County have changed since the last reassessment twenty years ago which created inequities in the value of real estate in the County. Delaware County Council contracted with Tyler Technologies Inc. in 2017 to provide real property appraisal services for the county-wide reassessment. The new assessed values will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. The new assessments will be reflected in County and municipal property tax bills sent out in early 2021and in school district property tax bills for the school fiscal year starting July 1, 2021.

The project, which was implemented through the County Treasurer’s Office utilized Tyler’s appraisal and street imaging services and included data gathering, verification of data and the establishment of assessed values.

A website dedicated to educating residents and answering questions regarding Delaware County’s Tax Reassessment Project can be found here: (link no longer active)

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