How far is your house to the moon?

Regardless of whether or not you are clued into the whole assessment mess in Allegheny County, you are likely aware that HOW assessments are calculated is completely insane and every new way that politicians come up with to fix the mess seems a little more off than the last.

Well, Burghers, I want you to meet Pat Curtis of Sewickley, who in a letter to the editor in the PG has come up with what I think is the most logical formula yet:

I have a counterproposal to Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato’s idea for property assessments. Why not start with the distance of the property to the moon, divide that by 33 percent of your Social Security number, multiply that by 20 percent of your age and divide that by 2,500? That would provide an assessment system that is as fair, equitable, sensible and easy as anything Mr. Onorato or his fellow council members could or will come up with.


Yeah, that sounds about right.

Pat Curtis, whoever he or she is, is obviously completely awesome.


  1. Anonymous
    October 12, 2005 12:19 pm

    Herein the wasteland known as the midwest, we had assesors ‘drive by’ and write down what they thought the value was. Needless to say taxpayers were screaming and threatening to ‘drive by’ themselves. The appeals process was so overwhelmed, the assesors office hasd to stop assements for the rest of the year to deal with all the homeowners clogging up the offices.
    He he he! Taxpayers revolt!
    Chef Mike, Saint Louis

  2. pittgirl
    October 12, 2005 12:41 pm

    Drive bys?! Lord. Some city out there must have the answer to this issue.