Weiss Law Firm Lands Victory in State-Wide Challenge

Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC won a state-wide victory after successfully challenging the constitutionality of an inherently flawed base-year system used to determine real estate taxes in Allegheny County. The ruling has implications on systems used for determining property values across Pennsylvania.

Judge R. Stanton Wettick’s 94-page opinion declares Pennsylvania’s property assessment law allowing the use of a base-year assessment without requiring reassessments violates the Pennsylvania Constitution. The ruling reveals base-year assessments are not intended to assess all properties at the same percentage of assessed value to actual value; they inherently cause significant disparities in the ratio of assessed value to fair market value; and they inevitably discriminate against owners of property in lower-value neighborhoods.

Judge Wettick’s Decision

Judge Wettick’s Landmark Decision – Judge R. Stanton Wettick’s detailed 94-page opinion declaring the base-year system used for assessing properties unconstitutional. Read More

Weiss Post Trial Brief

Details of Property Assessment Trial – Post Trial Brief Submitted by Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC. Read More

Assessment Trial Evidence

Assessment Trial Evidence – Report On Uniformity Of Real Property Assessment Under Indefinite Base Year Assessment Legislation In Pennsylvania. Almy, Gloudemans, Jacobs & Denne, Property Taxation And Assessment Consultants (Phoenix, Arizona). Read More

Market Trends Study

Overview of Real Estate Trends – Professional Market Trends Study by expert Anthony Barna detailing real estate trends across Allegheny County. Read More

Expert Trial Exhibits

Trial Exhibits – Exhibits on rates of change in property values. Read More

Supreme Court Ruling

Relevant Supreme Court Decision – Downingtown Area School District v. Chester County Board of Assessment Appeals and Lionville Station S.C. Associates. Read More

Allegheny Country Report

Allegheny County Report – Report of Allegheny County Office of the Controller on School Districts’ Compliance with Act 146 Real Estate Tax Revenue Limitation 105 percent Windfall Provision. Read More