Lancaster County’s formal Notices of Reassessment for tax year 2018 will be mailed
during the first week of June 2017. Property owners will have forty (40) days from the stated
mailing date of the Notice to file a formal appeal of the reassessment of their property. This will
place the filing deadline sometime in the middle of July 2017. If the owner misses this filing
deadline, the reassessment value set forth in the Notice will be effective for tax year 2018, and
any further effort to change the assessment will have to wait until the August 1, 2018 deadline for
appeals for the 2019 tax year.
The Notice you receive in June will set forth an assessment for your property which
Lancaster County believes is the fair market value for 2018. In analyzing this value, you should
consider whether the stated value is what you believe you could obtain for your property if you
placed it on the market for sale today. If the value is near or less than what you believe your
property would sell for in today’s market, then you are fairly assessed and need take no further
action. However, if you believe that the reassessment value is substantially higher than the price
you could receive from a current sale of the property, then you should consider filing an appeal
from the reassessment.
A County assessment appeal is a relatively quick and inexpensive administrative process
through which you can seek to have the assessment lowered on your property, thereby reducing
the amount of property tax you will have to pay in 2018 and future years. However, you must be
able to prove the likely market value of your property through evidence of comparable sales of
similar properties in recent years.
Whether commercial or residential, we have broad experience in dealing with assessment
appeals in Lancaster County and the surrounding region, and can offer you guidance on whether
an appeal is appropriate, and how to pursue the appeal through an administrative hearing, or into
Court if necessary. Please feel free to contact Appel & Yost at 717-394-0521 if you would like
to discuss a potential property assessment appeal.
In Pennsylvania, the basic amount of child support a parent is entitled to receive is calculated
based upon the parents’ combined net monthly incomes and the number of
children. Pennsylvania uses a spreadsheet that will then indicate how much of the parents’ net
monthly income would have been spent on the children if the parents had remained together.
For example, if the parents each earn $3,000 per month, there are three children, and one parent
is the primary custodian, then the spreadsheet indicates that the parents would have spent $1,721
on the children had they remained together. As the parties’ incomes are equal, the non-custodial
parent will owe half of that amount on a monthly basis, or $860.50.
Every four years, the spreadsheet is updated to take into account inflation, cost of living
increases, etc. As of May 1, 2017, the spreadsheet has been adjusted to reflect those updates. As
of May 1, 2017, the spreadsheet indicates that if $3,000 were earned by each parent, then $1,761
would have been spent on the children if they had remained together. This raises the noncustodial
parent’s basic support obligation to $880.50.
After the basic child support obligation is calculated, it is further adjusted to take into account
things such as health insurance premiums, daycare expenses, and other circumstances. If you
have questions about child support, the impact of the new increases, or any other questions
relating to family law matters in general, contact the attorneys at Appel & Yost, (717) 394-0521.