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Wayne County’s Reassessment Process Underway

By Margaret Allen
As part of the Wayne County property reassessment process, public informational meetings are being held across the county this month. The next one is tomorrow evening, at the Northern Wayne Fire Company in Lakewood at 6pm. Some of the meetings will be recorded and posted on the reassessment website for anyone unable to make the in-person meetings. A dedicated website has been set up to educate residents and answer questions regarding the county’s Property Tax Reassessment Project. The website includes facts on the process, a tentative schedule on the endeavor and a list of the meeting dates, times and locations.
The website can be found here: http://www.waynecountypa.gov/869/5888/Countywide-Property-Tax-Reassessment
A reassessment, which commissioners first announced in January, does not increase or decrease tax revenues, per state law. It only redistributes the total tax burden more fairly. A resident’s county, municipal, and school taxes are all based on the assessed value of a property. Past practice from reassessment shows that about one third of properties will see lower taxes, one third will see little to no change and one third will see a tax increase. Wayne County last conducted a countywide property tax reassessment in 2004. Since that time property values have changed, creating inequities in the value of real estate in the county. The entire process will take more than a year with new values reflected in the 2023 tax bills.
The county has contracted with Tyler Technologies Inc. to work in conjunction with the county’s own Tax Assessment Office to provide real property appraisal services for the county’s general reassessment.
In the next few weeks, property owners with improved property in the county will receive a mailing with data pertaining to their property and a survey to sign and complete regarding their property, structures and more.
Complete and return the information contained in this mailing, or an in-person visit from our assessors or contractors from Tyler may be needed for visual data collection. Anyone engaged in the reassessment effort who steps foot on your property will have photo ID and you can ask to see these badges.
The reassessment project includes several steps including data gathering, verification of data, establishment of assessed values and an opportunity to appeal.
Tyler staff will be in Wayne County throughout the reassessment process, concluding in 2022.
Questions concerning exemptions should be directed to the local assessment hotline located in the county’s Assessor's Office: 570-251-8985, ext. 1152.