Pa. Panel Rules Value-Based-Tax Appeal Is Constitutional

Law360 (February 28, 2020, 3:35 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled in a published decision Friday that a Philadelphia-area school district's use of a monetary threshold to determine when to challenge tax assessments did not violate state constitutional principles requiring uniform taxation.

The state's Commonwealth Court rejected arguments from an Autozone Inc. unit that Kennett Consolidated School District's efforts to appeal tax assessments for properties it believed were undervalued by at least $1 million did not unconstitutionally discriminate against commercial property owners, even if the practice resulted only in appeals of commercial properties.

"[The] district was using a monetary threshold only for the purpose of making prudent...

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