School districts want deadline for Wash. Co. to proceed with reassessment

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Attorneys for two school districts and Washington County will be back in court next month for the latest development in the school districts’ attempt to force a countywide property reassessment.


Susan Mondik Key, who represents the Washington and McGuffey districts, plans to ask President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca to set a deadline for the county to hire a vendor who will conduct the reassessment.


If the judge consents, Key is asking that the board of commissioners face sanctions if the reassessment does not begin within a particular time period.


The school districts first went to court four years ago, and O’Dell Seneca granted the commissioners a delay that lasted nearly 17 months because county officials thought the state Legislature was poised to enact real estate tax reform.


Key noted in her latest court filing that the commissioners asked for a stay either “until the General Assembly has enacted legislation ... or until Nov. 30, 2012, which ever comes first.”


She hoped to have the court rule today, but due to scheduling conflicts, the matter is now slated for Dec. 11.



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