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Founder of DMS Speaks at Forum on County Reassessment

Diversified Municipal Services

The amount of activity that affects the property tax base can be extensive and confusing. Diversified is knowledgeable in the field of property assessment and property tax management . We can help taxing authorities maintain fair and accurate property taxation and increase tax revenue.

OUR STORY

Diversified Municipal Services Inc. was incorporated and Articles of Corporation were filed with the State of Pennsylvania in February of 1999. It is a result of many years of municipal experience in all aspects of local taxation, from property assessment to property tax collection.

Diversified managed Allegheny County's $40 million lien property tax sale portfolio in 1999. Since then we have expanded our service product line to include many aspects of local property taxation procedures and functions.

Our strength is in our experience. We have an intimate and working knowledge of local government learned through our experiences as in- house technicians and managers, as consultants and as locally elected officials.

DIVERSIFIED...

...managed over $40 million in tax lien portfolios by working with its client and the tax lien purchaser to help foster local development.
...recovered “Estimated Just Compensation” left undistributed for years.

...is knowledgeable of the Appeal Process and has participated in literally thousands of assessment appeals.

...manages Interim Assessment Programs including monitoring the total process of adding new construction to the tax files.
...can assit PA counties conduct County-Wide Reassessment Programs.

...developed a web-based interactive subscription database used by many individuals, law firms and real estate professionals.

Meet the Team

Meet our hard-working team that is committed to thorough, excellent customer service.

Dominick Gambino

From 1978 through 1990, Dominick attained the position of Manager of Accounting for the Allegheny County Controllers Office. His responsibilities included the auditing and processing of the county’s revenues and expenditures, reconciling the county’s general ledger and assisting in the preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

In 1991, he was promoted to Administrative Assistant to the Controller in charge of special reports and audits. The reports are highlighted in the county’s CAFRs, including a report featured on Dateline NBC. The reports detailed and corrected deficiencies in governmental systems that resulted in additional revenue and expenditure reductions for local taxing authorities and changes to county, state and federal regulations. While in this position he was instrumental in crafting the county’s bulk tax lien sale that resulted in $40 million of additional revenue for the county.

Concurrently, from 1984 to 1992, Dominick was elected to Wilkinsburg Borough Council, elected borough and school real estate Tax Collector and was appointed to collect all Act 511 taxes. He held several board positions including member of the Board of Directors of the Wilkinsburg Development Corporation, Pennsylvania State Pension Board, the Champions Association and Treasurer of the Board of Wilk-Penn Water Authority.

In 1999 he left the county to establish Diversified Municipal Services Inc.

From 2001 through 2003, following Sabre System’s completion of the 2001 reassessment, he returned to the county as the Manager of the Office of Property Assessments (OPA). In 2002, OPA conducted its first in-house computer assisted mass appraisal (CAMA). In 2003, OPA facilitated the conversion of 1.8 billion bits of property data to the county’s present CAMA system, including a new GIS division to digitize all parcels. Under his guidance the real estate web site (www.county.pa.us) was enhanced to include an interactive GIS mapping system and a sophisticated search engine allowing for complex queries of assessment data.

From 2001 through 2003, OPA staff in conjunction with the Appeals Board completed two hundred thousand assessment appeals. Thirty-one OPA employees qualified for the Certified PA Evaluator (CPE) designation. He initiated continuing education classes at CCAC to instruct citizens and real estate professionals about the nuances of CAMA systems.

He was a panelist for Local Tax Seminars, an instructor for legal and real estate continuing education classes and has spoken at countless public and community meetings on mass appraisal techniques. He has also been invited to testify for state legislative policy committee hearings on assessment issues.

Mr. Gambino is a graduate of Duquesne University. He maintains the Certified PA Evaluator (CPE) designation and has been licensed by the PA Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs as a Real Estate Instructor.

Nancy Carroll

Attorney

Nancy provides consultation and services to school districts and municipalities on matters relating to property assessments and appeals.

Through her consultation role, Nancy also represents school districts and municipalities on matters relating to property assessment appeals. She also consults local government officials on matters relating to public administration, with a focus on public sector financial management.
Her expertise also comes from serving as the Deputy County Manager for Allegheny County.

Shawnett P. Rauso

Research Director

A 20 year employee of Allegheny County in
the Office of Property Assessment. Mrs. Rauso retired as Operations Manager. Her experience with in the property assessment office
of Allegheny County is unique and unmatched. She has worked in all aspects within the department including clerk,
secretary, supervisor and manager. Mrs. Rauso was instrumental in managing the appeals process that scheduled over
100,000 assessment appeal hearings and spearheaded the off-
site appeal centers that allowed greater access to the public. Mrs. Rauso helped streamline the appeals process and allowed better access to public records that benefited both the tax payer and the local taxing bodies.

Leon M. Sonick

IT Manager

Prior to his retirement, Lon was Vice- President of Information Technology for Industrial Appraisal Company in Pittsburgh, PA.

During his tenure, he was responsible for developing many applications using IBM midrange/mainframe and PC platforms. Applications included inventory and value update modules using bar code technology as well as all accounting applications. The IT responsibility included in-house HR and accounting applications as well as our marketing and customer interface products. Lon and his team developed and continue to market Fixed Asset Accounting Software (FACS) resulting in $9 million plus in revenue.

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