So the news today is the city is going to do what it can to facilitate assessment appeals (PG
). Now since the vast bulk of real estate taxes are collected by and for the city and city school district, it is not going to help the city's budget in the end. It's not like a lower assessment is going to save much in terms of how much the county collects on aggregate from City of Pittsburgh residents. Any appeal that brings a city of Pittsburgh assessed value down will only have to result in higher taxes for other city of Pittsburgh residents. In fact, I thought the city and school district had generally been appealing assessments over the last year in cases where they thought values were too low.
Oh wait... Pittsburgh region unemployment data is out. Down 4/10ths of a point.. Who would've thunk that? That, by the way, makes it 60 months or 5 full years since the national unemployment rate was last measured below the Pittsburgh region's. September 2006 the national unemployment rate was 4.5% and the regional unemployment rate was 4.6%.