BROOKLINE, January 5, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement concerning Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s reassessment announcement:

“I was proud to stand with the County Executive today as he announced the certification of assessed values based on the 2002 tax year.  Our residents and elected officials have gone through months of uncertainty as they wait to see what the Court orders next.  With County Executive Fitzgerald’s action, there is finally some resolution that allows local taxing bodies to set their millage and move forward with their tax billings.

“I was also pleased to hear the County Executive call for both a short-term and long-term solution from the state General Assembly.  Last year, I introduced Senate Bill 1280, which calls for a moratorium on court-ordered reassessments until such time that we enact legislation that makes the system uniform for all counties.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers to move this and other pieces of legislation forward to make the system fair and equitable for all property owners.”

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