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Lackawanna County property reassessment moving forward

Lackawanna County Reassessment Meeting 6/21
Kat Bolus, WVIA News
A representative from Tyler Technologies is on stage at Lackawanna College during the first of three public meetings about Lackawanna County's reassessment.

A firm hired by Lackawanna County will begin reassessing the more than 100,000 county properties in July, according to an official with Tyler Technologies.

Paul Miller, the Eastern Regional Sales Lead for the company, addressed a small crowd at Lackawanna College Tuesday during the first of three public meetings about the reassessment process.

The company will revalue every single property — both residential and commercial — in the county.

The new tax rates, which will go into effect in January 2026, will change who pays what portion of local taxes, said Miller.

Tyler Technologies officials wearing bright yellow vests and a county badge will knock on doors to ask residents questions about their properties, including the amount of bedrooms and bathrooms the home has.

The officials will take photos and exterior measurements of the home. They will not go inside.

The company takes a home's location, market value, age, condition and any improvements as well as its neighborhood into consideration while reassessing, Miller said.

All the information collected is confidential.

Between summer 2023 and spring 2024, Tyler Technologies will mail the data they collected to home owners to ask if the information about their properties is correct.

Property owners can appeal their new assessments with Tyler and also, Lackawanna County.

Properties in Lackawanna County have not been reassessed since the late 1960s.

"From 1968, until now, they've been using 1968 values, which makes it impossible to maintain equity," said Miller.

Lackawanna County Commissioners passed a resolution in March to approve the process. Commissioners Jerry Notarianni and Debi Domenick voted for reassessment; Commissioner Chris Chermak voted no.

A second session was also held Tuesday at Lakeland High School in Scott Twp. The third public meeting is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at North Pocono High School, 97 Bochicchio Boulevard, Covington Twp.

For up to date information about the reassessment process, visit https://empower.tylertech.com/lackawanna-county-pennsylvania.html

Kat Bolus is the community reporter for the newly-formed WVIA News Team. She is a former reporter and columnist at The Times-Tribune, a Scrantonian and cat mom.