Monroe County Residents React to Reassessment Change Notices

STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Formal reassessment change notices for Monroe County residents started going out last week.

Vicky Keiper from Stroudsburg got hers. She isn't happy.

"I think it's wrong. The people that have made this county what it is, people who have lived here their whole life, is going to have to move because we can no longer afford to live here. I don't know who is going to pay their wages when we all move out," said Keiper.

It's been 30 years since a county-wide reassessment. Last year, a reassessment agency surveyed all 103,000 properties in the county.

Informal letters were mailed to residents in the spring to give them an idea of their property value.

If residents still do not agree, people have until mid-August to file an appeal.

"I already have the letter written. My neighbors are doing the same thing," said Keiper.

While some homeowners in Monroe County do plan to appeal their reassessment, some others aren't sure if it will do any good.

"Why should I waste the time? Just to get $10 bumped off of it then next week or next year it's doubled. It doesn't make any sense," said Donald Carter, East Stroudsburg.

Final assessed values will be certified and sent to the county, municipalities, and school districts in November.

New values will take effect in next year's taxes.

"I think I got another bill to pay. What else am I supposed to think? You can't do anything about it. It is what it is," said Carter.

Residents have until August 12 to file an appeal.  You can do so by following the directions listed on your reassessment change notice.

5 comments

  • David Benevy

    A lot of folks are up in a tizzy about the reassessment, but they probably don’t have to be. Properties are supposed to be assessed at their market value; which is what they would sell for. Since values change and properties can’t be reassessed all the time counties use a multiplier to adjust the old assessed value to the current market value. This is called the common level ratio. For Monroe county in 2019 this is 5.65. To see if your property went up or down in market value, multiply your 2019 assessment by 5.65. If the result is less than your new assessed value your property has gone down in the market value used for tax purposes. If it is higher then it has gone up. Following a reassessment the common level ratio is reset to 1. An increase or decrease in market value does not necessarily mean your taxes will change accordingly. It all depends on how all of the other properties were affected. To give an extreme example, suppose following the reassessment all properties doubled in market value. Then there would be no change in your tax bill, because the government budgets are spread out amongst all the properties to arrive at the millage you are charged. The reassessment folks could do a lot better job of explaining this, and in fact they could tell you what you by what percentage your taxes would go up or down if the government budgets were the same as the last tax year.

    • Jeff Woehrle

      Well said, and spot on.

      The actual tax impact will be when municipalities and schools set their millage rates based on the whole of the new assessment.

  • Richard Reade

    Got to appeal mine, what a shock, they went up 7.8 times, not only to have a commercial property directly behind me

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