The Appraisal Department is responsible for arriving at an appraised value on each property. Wayne County municipalities provide building permits for new construction or demolition to this department, which triggers a review of the property. A county Certified Pennsylvania Evaluator (CPE) appraiser will visit the property to review the improvements that are being made and establish a property value.
Assessed values are based on property market values as of January, 1 2004. The predetermined ratio is 100%. A Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System is currently being developed in the Assessment Office. All property data collected in the field resides on a computer file and on hard copy property record cards.
The Assessment Department clerical staff enters changes into the County Assessment Office Database master file. Change of Assessment Notices are mailed out if a change in assessment has taken place. The notice provides for a 40-day right of appeal from the mailing date on the notice. This department schedules appeal hearings on behalf of the Board of Assessment Appeals and verifies assessment totals.