Sound Collision!! and take Judge Wettick's blood pressure while you're at it
It looks like the county had a rather curious exchange with Judge Wettick last week. I paraphrase, but first the county says the county assessor is rarely in Allegheny county and can't make a hearing the Judge has scheduled for September 14 (that would be Monday!). I kind of understand that actually. What sane person in Allegheny County would want to be the assessor here? But still.
Then the judge replies, again paraphrasing: Be there! (see handwritten order at bottom of above referenced letter also pasted at bottom of the post here).
The bigger question actually is who knew that Deborah Bunn was no longer the Chief Assessor? Who in the world is Ed Schoenenberger? He may soon become the single most important person in the state. Poor guy.I have a feeling he will soon be spending a lot more time in his county of employment. and the judge for sure wants to see him in person standing there before the court. Hmm.
And there is a proposed remedy filed there as well. Can't say this is any surprise. Plaintiffs are proposing county be ordered to use the extant 2005 assessment values immediately.
To extend the nautical speak. the description of the relationship between the county and the court at this point: constant bearing, decreasing range.
It says: Order of Court Request to reschedule is denied; the Chief Assessment Officer of Allegheny County must be available to fulfull his functions. 9/9/09 /s/
So the judge isn't willing to consider for a moment a delay of 72 hours. Says a lot right there. I really wish I had time to go watch all of this. I suspect at least parts of it will be entertaining.
Beyond that, all I can say is: Groundhog Day