History Of Property Tax ASSESSMENTS

Robert Peirce, Jr., Senior Partner of Robert Peirce & Associates, learned of the deficiencies and inequities of the Allegheny County assessment system firsthand as an elected County Commissioner from 1975 to 1979. He put this experience to good use in the early 1980's when he represented over 1,000 homeowners and taxpayers in a variety of assessment appeals. In 1980, the county assessment office was theoretically assessing properties at 50% of market value. Peirce was among the first attorneys to discover that commercial properties were, in fact, assessed at a ratio in excess of 50%. In the early 1980's, he represented hundreds of commercial property owners, including country clubs, shopping centers, banks, restaurants, car dealerships, apartment buildings, downtown office buildings and industrial and manufacturing properties.

His efforts created substantial savings for many of the commercial property owners in Allegheny County.

The last county-wide re-assessment was in 2002. In that year, the Peirce firm represented over 1,000 property owners whose assessments were successfully reduced.

With over thirty years of experience in real estate tax assessment appeals, Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. has represented thousands of property owners such as:

Residential properties

  • Single family homes
  • Million Dollar Estates
  • New Construction
  • Condominiums
  • Duplexes
  • Rental properties

Commercial Properties

  • Restaurants
  • Car dealerships
  • Apartment buildings
  • Shopping centers
  • Grocery stores


Country Clubs

Industrial Properties

Manufacturing Properties

Non-Profit Organizations

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