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Philadelphia Lawmaker Wants One-Year Delay In Property Taxation Overhaul Plan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A city councilman is proposing putting the brakes on Mayor Nutter’s plan to revamp Philadelphia’s broken property assessment system.

First District councilman Mark Squilla says too little is known about the effects of the mayor’s desire to move to what’s called the “Actual Value Initiative” (see related story).   That program involves a reassessment of all properties in the city, and Nutter is linking that to increased revenues so the School District of Philadelphia nets an additional $90 million (see related story).

Squilla, in a speech on the floor of City Council, said not so fast.

“My mother always told me, never dive into the water if you can’t see the bottom.  And you know what?  This is what we’re doing at this time.  I’m not willing to take that dip into the millage pool until we know how deep the assessments are,” he said.

Squilla introduced a bill that would delay implementation of AVI for one more year.  His idea will be considered alongside the mayor’s plan as City Council begins its debate of the budget on Monday.

Mayor Nutter, asked by reporters a short time later about the Squilla proposal, said it would be “irresponsible” not to move forward with AVI since the newer assessments are, in the mayor’s view, more accurate than the current assessments.  Council should “let us move forward and fix the system,” the mayor said.

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One Comment

  1. Francis Graff says:

    Thank God someone in that council chamber sees the dangers. Some seniors and low income people, really will be taxed out of their homes. They will simply not be able to afford them anymore. It happened in Sea Isle City. My new property actually was lowered and their old ones went up drastically. They had to uproot and fine an apartment inland. It will happen here to. Example would be in Fairmount, where they bought their homes 40 years ago at lower prices, managed to stay with them, as long as they worked, but now retirement don’t cut it. These taxes today are too high for those type incomes. The well to do, will reap the harvest, as they are already doing, and it’s bye bye oldtimers. Save us Mark.

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