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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2012 10:32 AM
From: Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Assessor Certification in 1st Class Counties
In an effort to ensure proper property assessments are being carried out by the city real estate assessors, I am reintroducing Senate Bill 1314, legislation that would strike the current exemption for counties of the first class from the certification requirements for employees charged with the valuation of real property for taxation purposes in the Assessors Certification Act of 1992. The purpose of my legislation is to ensure employees who are carrying out property assessments in the City of Philadelphia are properly trained in appraisals and assessments according to statewide standards set by the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers.

The only change from Senate Bill 1314 in the new legislation is that current employees of Philadelphia charged with property assessment responsibilities would have three years instead of four to become certified by the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers. Newly-hired employees would need to be compliant with the act as in the other 66 counties currently included under the act. This was the companion measure to House Bill 84, introduced by Representative Curtis Thomas last session.

Co-sponsors of Senate Bill 1314 were Senators Hughes, Stack, Tartaglione and Williams. If you would like to co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Brandie Pifer at 7-5662 or bpifer@pasenate.com.

Introduced as SB385