550 Pa. 175 (1997)

704 A.2d 120

Appeal of the CITY OF WASHINGTON from Action of the Board of Assessment Appeals of Washington County, Pennsylvania on Property Situate in the City of Washington, Appellant, v. BOARD OF ASSESSMENT APPEALS OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pennsylvania and Washington & Jefferson College, Appellees.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Decided November 20, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John Patrick, Washington County Sol., Ira Weiss, Pittsburgh, Washington School Dist. & School Dist. of City of Pittsburgh, amici curiae.

Claude C. Council, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh School Dist., amicus curiae.

Clifford B. Levine and Stuart C. Gaul, Pittsburgh, Howard E. Goldfarb, Washington, for Washington & Jefferson College.

George T. Bell, Harrisburg, for Independent Colleges & Universities & Pennsylvania Ass'n of Colleges & Universities, amici curiae.

Stewart M. Weintraub, Philadelphia, American Jewish Congress, Com'n for Independent Colleges & Universities, Pennsylvania Ass'n of Non-Profit Homes for Aging, Pennsylvania Ass'n of Resources for People with Mental Retardation, Pennsylvania Community Providers Ass'n, Pennsylvania Federation of Museums & Historical Organizations, Pennsylvania Girl Scout Legislative Network, Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Planned Parenthood Ass'n of Pennsylvania, Resources for People with Mental Retardation, United Way of Pennsylvania & YMCAs of Pennsylvania, amici curiae.

Edward W. Seifert, Pittsburgh, Anthony Baginski, Newton Square, Martin Michaelson, John G. Roberts, Jr., Amy F. Kett, National Ass'n of Independent Colleges & Universities, American Ass'n of Colleges for Teacher Educ., American Ass'n of Colleges of Nursing, American Ass'n of Colleges, American Ass'n of State Colleges & Universities, American Council on Educ., Ass'n of American Law Schools, Ass'n of American Medical Colleges, Ass'n of American Universities, Ass'n of Catholic Colleges & Universities, Ass'n of Community College Trustees, Ass'n of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges, College & University Personnel Ass'n, College Entrance Examination Bd., council for Advancement & Support of Educ., Council of Independent Colleges, National Ass'n of State Universities & Land Grant Colleges, National Ass'n of Student Financial Aid Administrators & National Ass'n of Student Personnel Administrators, amici curiae.

Elizabeth M. Sellers, Jane Gallagher, Pittsburgh, Independent Sector, amicus curiae.



FLAHERTY, Chief Justice.

This is an appeal by allowance from an order of the Commonwealth Court which reversed an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Washington County. The court of common pleas had reversed determinations of the Board of Assessment Appeals of Washington County that eighty-seven properties owned by Washington & Jefferson College (W & J) were exempt from real...

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