Luzerne County Assessment Director Anthony Alu reminds property owners Aug. 1 is the deadline to file assessment appeals.
Assessment reductions granted through appeals will take effect in 2015 municipal, county and school tax bills. The office will accept applications postmarked Aug. 1, he said.
Appeals filed after Friday will be heard at a later date and apply to 2016 tax bills.
Alu said his office has received a rush of filings due to the approaching deadline. Appeal forms are available in his office on the second floor of the county annex across from the courthouse on River Street in Wilkes-Barre or on the county website, www.luzernecounty.org, under the assessor’s office.
The county typically receives 1,000 to 1,500 appeal requests annually, Alu said. Appeals are heard by a three-member board appointed by county council.
County officials have encouraged property owners to file assessment appeals if they believe they are assessed too high because there are no plans to conduct another countywide reassessment at this time.