dive bombing assessments
Ok. bad joke I guess. In bad taste at least. Especially since it brings to mind the MOVE fiasco in Philly some years ago. One level of disfunction we have not caught up to Philly on.
That and it really is Midway Day. Any veterans from the battle still around? I wish I knew. Just not the same energy around here for WWII history since Goldy retired.
On assessments though. However they want to collect data is fine. My one point is that the problems of assessing property in Allegheny County has never been about the quality of the data. The problem that is acute in Allegheny County is with the modeling of the data. From the Sabre Systems values, to the CLT numbers compiled the first or 2nd or 3rd times they all suffer from the being unable to take the data and then put good values on properties across the region. It results from the topography of how we live, especially patterns of segregation and similar factors that make modeling Allegheny County a lot more difficult than almost any other place in the nation. If you just run the local numbers through models used elsewhere all that will result is a repeat of less than ideal numbers that have been generated in the past.
But it will be years before we see any new values from the assessment en train now. Until there are some new numbers both public and media attention will be scant. But when those numbers do come I suspect many will be quite surprised.