Allegheny County Appeal Deadline: March 31, 2023

A significantly lower common level ratio (CLR) went into effect in Allegheny County as of January 1, 2023, bringing the potential for major tax savings to property owners — and a short window to take advantage of it.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about how Allegheny County’s 2023 CLR can impact assessed values and property taxes:

What is the CLR?

Every county has a “base year” for tax assessment purposes. Property assessments are supposed to reflect a base year valuation. The base year for Allegheny County is 2012. The CLR is a ratio which is intended to convert present day market values into base year assessed values. The CLR is adjusted annually based on sales data selected by each county.

How is Allegheny County's CLR changing in 2023?

In 2023, Allegheny County’s CLR will drop from 81.1% to 63.6%, representing the largest one-year drop in decades. With the new CLR, a property with a market value of $1,000,000 could see its assessed value drop from $811,000 in 2022, to $636,000 in 2023.

Why is the CLR changing so significantly?

Allegheny County has changed the property sales data used for the 2023 CLR. This change in data selection has resulted in a significant correction to the CLR for 2023.

Does this apply to commercial and investment properties?

Yes.  This applies to all property in Allegheny County, commercial and residential.

When can I file a 2023 tax appeal?

In Allegheny County: between January 1, 2023 and March 31, 2023. Each county varies.

Will I receive the 2023 CLR adjustment without filing an appeal?

No, you must file a tax assessment appeal.

How will the 2023 CLR impact my property taxes?

Property taxes are based on assessed value. Assessed values are taxed at the millage rates set by your County, school district, and local municipality. Assuming no change in millage rates, a lower assessed value means lower property taxes. Taxing authorities may increase their millage rates to avoid a large drop in tax revenue resulting from fewer assessed dollars. If millage rates increase, each assessed dollar will be taxed more. In a rising millage rate environment, property owners will see tax increases unless they can reduce their assessed value via a tax assessment appeal.

Should I file a 2023 tax assessment appeal?

The answer to this question will vary based on each property’s use, market value, current assessed value, and the strategies available to obtain a reduction for that property. The attorneys in Meyer, Unkovic & Scott’s Real Estate Group have substantial experience representing property owners with property tax assessment appeals in Allegheny County and throughout Pennsylvania.

In this brief guide, we break down what you need to know about the adjusted CLR, the potential benefits, and the risks of staying idle. You should also read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. Please fill out the form below if you would like someone to follow-up with you or reach out to any member of our Real Estate & Lending Practice Group or with any Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorney with whom you have previously worked.  Click here for more information on our Real Estate Tax Assessment Practice Group.

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Jason M. Yarbrough

Jason M. Yarbrough

Jason M. Yarbrough is a Partner and Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Litigation Section, Co-Chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Program, and a member of the firm’s Construction Law, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy, Energy, Utilities & Mineral Rights and Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups.

Mr. Yarbrough frequently represents clients in complex commercial, real estate and construction disputes. His real estate litigation practice includes disputes involving the acquisition and development of real property, landlord tenant disputes, property rights, property tax assessment appeals and exemption proceedings, land use and title disputes, partition actions and foreclosure proceedings. In his construction practice, Mr. Yarbrough represents owners, developers, contractors, architects, and engineers in disputes arising out of both public and private construction projects. He has litigated claims in state and federal courts, and against state agencies and the federal government.