School District's Real Estate Assessment Appeal Authority Limited
Timothy W. Callahan II, partner and general counsel of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, and Megan Albright, an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Practice, authored this article on the decision in Valley Forge Towers Apartments v. Upper Merion Area School District and Keystone Realty Advisors and what the decision could mean for similar cases in the future. The article explains that the ruling holds that a taxing authority's practice of filing assessment appeals for commercial properties, but not other types of properties, violated the uniformity clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution. However, the authors also point out that while this decision demonstrates a victory for taxpayers, the holding did not prohibit a taxing jurisdiction from implementing appeal policies under different bases.
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