Monday, December 19, 2011

Confusion greatest before the conclusion

There is going to be fascinating to watch.  There is a new litigant a week popping up in Judge Wettick's courtroom as he tries to prod the county to the event horizon otherwise known as property assessments.

Now it seems that the Allegheny County Board of Assessments, Appeal and Review wants to itself file motions in the case in its own right and standing.  My scan of their filing is basically is that they object to several aspects of the roadmap the Judge has laid out for how this will all play out imminently. 

Seems a bit late doesn't it? Nothing quite new in the case for them to be popping up and filing now sure seems to me to be timed to muck up the conclusion as much as possible.  And what I would think some lawyers might take up in argument, but isn't the Board of Assessment, Appeals and Review itself an extension of Allegheny County itself?  To file independently an artifice more than anything else?  The county is proscribed in how much it can really object at this point since legally they accepted the Judge's perogative to order an assessment quite some time ago.  Now if someone else objects...

My take is that this isn't over yet and the county has ever more strategem's to dig out and throw into the gears with the intention of preventing the actual implementation of new assessment values.  You have to give them credit for creativity and perseverance to this point.  That and with the incumbent moving on, would it be unsurprising to see a lot of the key actors in the play quitting their county jobs and moving on when DO leaves office.  Just speculating, but I anticipate the unanticipated over the next week. 

Next year is likely to see greater level of tragicomic machinations in the case.  I kind of expected the County Executive elect to back off his campaign pledges to go to jail before sending out new and different property assessment values, but that sure seems to not be the case as of this week.  The Venn diagram of the intentions of Judge Wettick and Rich Fitzgerald have no intersection as best I can tell.  How does it go when the immovable object meets the irresistable force? 


Anonymous MH said...

After the election and especially after raising the county tax rate, I really figured Fitzgerald would be a bit more subdued. Apparently not.

Monday, December 19, 2011 8:52:00 PM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

Having apparently dispensed with any sort of strong unitary executive theory, I would think the relevant county officials are subject to direct court orders. Accordingly, I am not entirely sure that Wettick needs to deal with Fitzgerald at all.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 9:09:00 AM  

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