Tax Revaluation Pending for Washington Township
Hundreds of Washington Township residents appealed their property taxes this year.
Washington Township may be undergoing a property tax revaluation within the next year.
This year, 273 township residents appealed their taxes, according to Tax Assessor Ray Damiano. County officials heard appeals during a hearing July 12, though they expect to take at least 12 weeks before they have decisions.
Township officials discussed the possibility of having a re-evaluation performed during their meeting this week. According to Township Attorney Kenneth Poller, the process will take about a year to complete and needs to be done by October 1 of the year before, so the change won't be able to take effect until 2014 at the earliest.
"We really need to get this ball rolling," Council Vice President Joseph D'Urso said.
The last revaluation took effect in 2006, according to Damiano. Currently, the value of the average home in the township is assessed at $540,000. The township's assessed value as a whole dropped by about $10 million this year.
Council President Richard Hrbek said they would need to speak with an assessor to arrange for the new revaluation during the council's next couple of meetings.