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Nutter’s Timetable For Fixing Property Taxes Draws Criticism

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – At least one critic doesn’t think Mayor Nutter’s timetable is adding up, for fixing real estate tax values in Philadelphia.

During his stint in the barrel at council budget hearings, Chief Assessment Officer Richie McKeithen asked for an increase in funding, in part to hire nearly 90 new employees and purchase IT equipment and software.

So, when will notices go out that include properties assessed at market value?

“Our goal is to have them no later than November of 2012.”

But Councilman Bill Green said council will have to tinker with a new millage rate in the spring of next year without knowing what the full property value assessment in the city is.

“How do we do that when you have not sent out notices until the fall? Is this how we get a back door tax increase?’

City Finance Director Rob Dubow responded to Green’s complaint that council might have to pass a millage rate that was a ‘guess’, rather than waiting for the numbers, “This is a complicated issue, and we need to work on this with council.”

Green’s parting shot: “Well, wake up Philadelphia.”

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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