Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today encouraged City resident who need help appealing their 2012 property reassessment to call his 311 Response Line today. Customer service representatives are scheduling residents with one-on-one appeal assistance such as help filling out appeal and tax relief forms, low-cost appraisals and legal support as residents prepare for their appeal hearing. The deadline to file a formal appeal is April 2. The Court ordered this year’s reassessment values to be used for next year’s tax bills, but those values must be appealed this year.

“Property owners must challenge any unfair or inaccurate reassessment soon – and the City is going to give you every possible tool to make this frustrating appeal process easier for you,” Ravenstahl said. “All residents have to do is call 3-1-1 and city employees will come to the neighborhood senior center nearest you with help and support.”
The Mayor’s Office has been working collaboratively with City Council and the Controller’s Office to coordinate the aggressive appeal assistance plan. Together, City employees will be deployed to neighborhood senior centers to meet one-on-one with residents. The Duquesne Law Clinic will be assisting the Controller’s Office in providing legal help.

To qualify for assistance, the residents’ property must be located within the City of Pittsburgh and must be a primary, owner-occupied, single-family residential property. In addition, the old assessment value for the property must be under $150,000. City residents aged 65 and older are not subject to the $150,000 requirement.

Through a competitive process, the City negotiated a $250 appraisal rate, which is a fraction of today’s average appraisal cost. The City will subsidize half of that, so a qualifying property owner will pay $125 for an appraisal.

Announcing the New District 7 Website

District 7 has just completed the content of their new website which was launched January 31, 2012. Within it you will find up-to-date stories and links to media articles about the District and initiatives promoted by Councilman Dowd. You can also find media releases, upcoming events, District 7 projects, contacts for community groups and city offices, and reports that impact our neighborhoods.

Please take the time to peruse the new site, which is part of an ongoing effort to update all of the City’s web pages. The new address is

They have also taken this opportunity to feature photos unique to our neighborhoods and submitted to us from around the District. If you are a shutterbug and would like to see your work online, please submit your own photos for posting to All photos will be credited to the photographer.

Property Assessment Appeal Process Event Jan 3

Dom Costa and Patrick Dowd will hold an informational event on the Allegheny County Property Appeal Process. The presentation will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at the Morningside VFW Social Hall, 1820 Morningside Avenue.

The Finance Department of the city of Pittsburgh will educate homeowners about the Allegheny County property assessment appeal process and the impact this will have on the city of Pittsburgh property taxes. They will not be capable of addressing questions about individual assessments at this event.

For more information about the event, please contact my office at 412-361-2040.