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Corbett Signs Bills To Help Philadelphia’s Property Tax Overhaul

Tom Corbett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Tom Corbett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Governor Corbett has signed into law two of three bills intended to ease the transition resulting from Mayor Nutter’s overhaul of city property taxes.

One bill signed by the governor will allow Philadelphia and all other Pennsylvania counties, when a property owner is delinquent in paying taxes, to place liens not just on properties in that county, but on properties the scofflaw may own in other counties.

“This will put a lot more pressure on those people who owe property taxes to the city — or any other jurisdiction – and own property outside that jurisdiction,” Senate majority leader spokesman Erik Arneson says.

The other bill signed by the governor would allow city council to consider age and financial means in granting relief to long-time owners of a home who experience a jump in property taxes.

A third bill that would allow Philadelphians to pay property taxes in installments, was amended in the Senate and is expected to get final action in the House next month.

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