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Spotlight PA Event: How outdated property assessments affect schools, roads, and more

Houses on a street in Tyrone, Pennsylvania (Georgianna Sutherland / For Spotlight PA)
Georgianna Sutherland
For Spotlight PA
Houses on a street in Tyrone, Pennsylvania

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Property taxes are a primary source of revenue for Pennsylvania’s more than 2,500 municipalities.

Various state and local regulations govern how this tax is levied by counties, municipalities, and school districts, but they do not mandate regular property assessment updates, which determine how much a property is worth.

Outdated property assessments affect schools, roads, and other quality-of-life issues, but local leaders may be reluctant to initiate reassessments. It's also a thorny issue for state lawmakers.

To unpack this issue and potential solutions, join us Thursday, June 20 from 6-7 p.m. ET on Zoom for a free panel discussion on property reassessment, how it affects municipal budgets, and what it means for Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Our panelists include:

  • Min Xian, local accountability reporter, Spotlight PA
  • Eric Montarti, research director, Allegheny Institute for Public Policy
  • Patrick Tobin, director, Lackawanna County Assessment Office
  • Lisa Schaefer, executive director, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

RSVP for free here. Submit your questions in advance to

This event is part of Spotlight PA State College’s How Local Government Works series. The series focuses on issues and trends in Pennsylvania local governments and provides tools for readers to hold their local officials accountable.

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