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COVID-19 PROPERTY TAX ALERT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

5/15/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

Will there be a freeze on property tax increases? Probably the opposite. Millage rates will likely increase. Philadelphia is facing a $649 million budget deficit. While property tax “freeze” legislation has been proposed, it is doubtful that Governor Wolf would sign such legislation given the objection of school districts. I expect school districts to be more aggressive in appealing property assessments given the shortfalls in revenue expected by municipalities and school districts. I have a pending tax appeal in the […]

CONSIDER THESE ISSUES BEFORE RESTARTING CONSTRUCTION WORK IN PENNSYLVANIA UNDER COVID BASED REGULATION

5/15/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

Construction work in Pennsylvania not previously restricted by governmental order is set to restart beginning on May 1. However, that work will be subject to changed circumstances and conditions and new governmental guidelines and restrictions. Whether you are a general contractor, construction manager, or subcontractor, there are important issues that you should consider before re-commencing project work. Here is a summary of some of the more significant issues, and questions that should be considered before work is restarted. Changed Conditions […]

NEW GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES PERFORMING CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY DURING COVID-19

5/6/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

Starting on May 1, 2020, all businesses in the construction industry within Pennsylvania (including those performing new construction, renovation, and repair, as well as land subdivision and design-related field activities) are permitted to resume “in-person operations” provided that the activities strictly adhere to the guidance document issued by the Governor’s office on April 23, 2020. A link to the guidance document is as follows: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/20200423-Construction-Industry-Guidance.pdf. All businesses in the construction industry (including those that were originally closed and later permitted […]

PENNSYLVANIA PASSES A NEW LAW ALLOWING MUNICIPALITIES TO CONDUCT REMOTE PUBLIC PROCEEDINGS & TOLLING OF CERTAIN DEADLINES DURING THE COVID-19 DISASTER

5/6/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

On April 20, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill No. 841 permitting governmental authorities, boards, and commissions to conduct public meetings and hearings remotely by telecommunications during the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration which began on March 6, 2020 (“Emergency Declaration”). The new law, which went into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature, and will expire automatically when the Emergency Declaration ends, also suspends the time periods for governmental action on a wide range of permit and […]

PENNSYLVANIA CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY ALLOWED TO RESTART ON MAY 8

5/6/2020 | Articles & Alerts, General, News & Resources

On April 20, 2020 Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine issued Amendments to existing Orders that had prohibited non-life essential construction activity in Pennsylvania because of the COVID pandemic. The Amended Orders authorize “limited” residential and commercial construction activity in Pennsylvania (which had been previously restricted) to commence starting on May 8, 2020. Such activity includes residential and commercial construction and residential and commercial tenant fit out work. Amended FAQs issued with the Amended Orders state […]