Proposed legislation would ensure more accurate assessments in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27, 2011 – State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today introduced SB 1314 that would require all Philadelphia property assessors to be certified by the Commonwealth.  If implemented, the legislation would ensure more accurate assessments, restore public confidence and put Philadelphia’s property assessors on par with their colleagues throughout the Commonwealth.

Currently, Philadelphia is the only county in Pennsylvania exempt from the Assessors Certification Act which specifies that property assessors be certified by the State Board of Real Estate Appraisers.  SB 1314 would give currently-employed assessors up to four years to become certified.

“The flawed property tax system in Philadelphia hasn’t been helped by the lack of properly trained city property assessors.  My bill would help to make sure that future evaluations are accurate as we give the city’s current assessors ample time to get their certification,” said Sen. Farnese.

Requirements for certification include the completion of a minimum of 90 hours of course study covering appraisals and assessments and passing a comprehensive examination.  Assessors are also required to complete a minimum of 20 continuing education hours to remain certified.


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