Amid Plan To Revamp Philadelphia Property Assessments, Questions Of Higher Taxes

By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter’s budget experts were in the hot seat today as Philadelphia City Council opened hearings on Nutter’s plan to revamp the way property assessments are calculated in the city.

One of the issues facing Council is that the new citywide reassessments are not yet complete.  And Rob Dubow, the mayor’s finance director, admitted not knowing with certainty the total of property taxes that would come in under the new system.

The mayor’s target is around $500 million to the city and more than that to the school district, but Councilman Bill Green said it could end up at least double that.

(Green:)  “That is, a billion to a billion-four, compared to 491 million dollars.”
(Dubow:)  “Again, we don’t know where its going to come out.  It could be more than that, it could be less than that.”

Councilman-at-large Jim Kenney wanted to know what to tell residents who fear a doubling of property taxes as the mayor’s plan is put into place:

“These are folks who aren’t needy when it comes to city services, and are paying $4,000 now and could potentially be paying $8,000 next year.  How do I keep them living here?” Kenney asked.  “Why would they want to live here?”

“We want to put smoothing and a homestead exemption in place to help with that sticker shock,” Dubow replied.

Dubow said the mayor will phase in any increases over three years, and hopes for state approval of homestead exemptions to ease any property tax hit to homeowners.

Kenney called for an outright cap on “what we’re going to whack people with.”

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  1. Shawn says:

    I will to move to Philly in 2 months and planned to buy a house, but from what I see, even a 65K house will demand a $500/month tax bill. That’d be more than the house payment. I can’t believe citizens stand for that kind of taxation. I am afraid that buying a house may be out. What a great way to be welcomed to a city.

  2. Francis Graff says:

    I have tried to tell everyone, this time of tax doubling is going to happen before the year is over. I even attempted to run for office to prevent it, but I was blindsided by a State Representative up in Mayfair. You heard me Mayfair State Rep. He wasn’t even running for the office of City Council at large, but he did the dirty work of challenging my petition for a well know Fairmount Councilman at Large. They are all the dirtiest bunch of conivers to inhabit this earth. They don’t really care about our taxes, rather they do care about a job. Theirs! Cough it up taxpayer’s, all you hear now is a charade, the actors are acting, and the big tax is coming, DOUBLE! By the way Jim, how do you sell a house in today’s market, to make a move? Catch 22.

  3. ramanmaan says:

    The tax increases so that the government get more money for the development. But what the common man do for huge taxes?

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  4. Louis Lobron says:

    The city and Mayor Nutter has all but driven inventors and developers out of Phila.by raising RE twice in the last 5 yrs. supposely temporarily, not to mention the the temporary sales tax, and the doubling and tripleing of all city fees and licenses and now this new RE tax….. At a time where they should be giving investors incentives There will be no tax base left, you might as well burn North and West Phila, down. I hope he enjoys his 50 million $ ice skating rink

  5. ms says:

    The city brings in more than enough money that they do not need to raise any taxes again. They need to cut what they are spending. Why would you spend 50 million dollars to put an ice skating rink at city hall? If that’s not bad Nut ter want to put 15 million dollars into redoing Love Park now. The Mayor and City council need to cut back on spending. Cut the City council budget in half! Cut out everyone who is double dipping in the system (working two fulltime jobs for the city in the same 40 hours). Stop the Drop program! Anyone who is working for the city or a city funded program (charter schools) does not need to make 200K or more a year. Between city wage tax and property tax they are taxing people out of the city. Raise the property taxes on my place of employment I can almost guarantee they will shut down the plant in Philadelphia. Nice Job keeping pushing the middle class out of the city!!!!

  6. tom dunphy says:

    how about getting rid of the 10 yr tax abatement, you raise taXES AGAIN I WILL MOVE OUT.

  7. Kare Noble says:

    I already pay a high tax and for a low income neighborhood. We are in a low income neighborhood cause that is all we can afford. Go after the people who don’t pat their property taxes or business taxes and let the poor people live. He is making it hard for people to even own a home. The Mayor needs to regroup on a few laws that are already in place to make money for the city.

  8. Linda D Bryant says:

    WHAT MAYOR NUTMAN SHOULD DO IS GO AFTER THE DEAD BEAT BUSINESSES IN PHILLY WHO ARE DELINQUENT IN PAYING THEIR TAXES!!!
    MAKE THEM PAY-UP OR SHUT DOWN THEIR BUSINESS!!!!!!

    NUTMAN SHOULD HAVE RUN AS A REPUBLICAN–HE’S BEEN SHOWING HIS
    TRUE COLORS WHEN IT COMES TO BALANCING THE CITY BUDGET. LIKE THE
    GOP–HE WANTS TO BALANCE IT ON THE BACKS OF THE WORKING CLASS
    AND THE POOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. ms says:

      Democrats = tax and spend

      1. Slick says:

        And Republicans = tax tax tax for lower and middle class

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