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CASA LOMA v. BOARD PROPERTY ASSESSMENT (02/25/65)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: February 25, 1965.

CASA LOMA, INC., APPELLANT,
v.
BOARD OF PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

Appeal from order of Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Oct. T., 1961, No. 3394, in case of Casa Loma, Inc. v. Board of Property Assessment, Appeals and Review of Allegheny County.

COUNSEL

Lewis J. Nescott, with him Ruby, Nescott & Taylor, for appellant.

Francis A. Barry, First Assistant County Solicitor, with him James Victor Voss, Assistant County Solicitor, and Maurice Louik, County Solicitor, for appellee.

Bell, C. J., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen, O'Brien and Roberts, JJ. Opinion by Mr. Justice Roberts. Dissenting Opinion by Mr. Chief Justice Bell. Mr. Justice Musmanno joins in this Dissenting Opinion.

Author: Roberts

[ 417 Pa. Page 258]

Casa Loma, Inc., appellant, was the owner of a parcel of real estate located in the Borough of White Oak, Allegheny County. Its assessment for the triennium beginning 1961 was fixed at $112,475. After an appeal to the Board of Property Assessment, Appeals and Review of Allegheny County resulted in no revision of the assessment, an appeal was taken to the court below. By stipulation of counsel the only issues before the court were the valuations of the building in the amount of $102,700 and the black top paving in the amount of $2,985. The court dismissed the appeal on the ground that appellant had presented no competent

[ 417 Pa. Page 259]

    evidence to establish that the assessment was unjust, discriminatory or lacking in uniformity and that appellant had not met its burden of proof.

As we indicated in Pittsburgh Miracle Mile Town & Country Shopping Center, Inc. v. Board of Property Assessment, 417 Pa. 243, 209 A.2d 394 (1965), failure to attack the complete assessment, whether because of a stipulation or otherwise, does not limit the responsibility or authority of the hearing court to determine the correctness of the assessment as a whole. North Park Village, Inc. v. Bd. of Property Assessments, 408 Pa. 433, 184 A.2d 253 (1962). The court below must not allow its province, function, or obligation in this respect to be limited by a stipulation.

Our opinion in Deitch Co. v. Bd. of Property Assessment, 417 Pa. 213, 209 A.2d 397 (1965), disposes of the other issues raised in this appeal.

The order of the court below is vacated and the case remanded for further proceedings consistent with our opinions in Deitch and Pittsburgh Miracle Mile.

Disposition

Order vacated.

Dissenting Opinion by Mr. Chief Justice Bell:

I would affirm the Order of the Court below for the reasons set forth at length in my dissenting opinions in Morris v. Bd. of Property Assessment, 417 Pa. 192, 209 A.2d 407, and in Deitch Company v. Bd. of Property Assessment, 417 Pa. 213, 209 A.2d 397.

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