Pennsylvania school districts are cherry-picking apartment properties for “spot appeals” of property tax assessments. They ignore most under assessed properties in their districts and demand exorbitant tax increases from the ones they single out for appeal.
- They force tough choices about operating budgets and capital improvements, and place serious upward pressure on rents.
- The supply of quality multifamily housing is affected, as many investors are becoming reluctant to own or manage properties in Pennsylvania.
- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has looked at the spot appeals issue. But, the many unintended consequences of allowing school districts still exist. It is up to the legislature to rein in the use of spot appeals.