Philadelphia City Council is threatening to subpoena the Nutter Administration unless aides to the mayor turn over the precise formulas used to create the new and controversial property assessments.
Under current regulations, homeowners would have to pay the new — and possibly higher — bill and then get reimbursed if they win the appeal.
City controller Alan Butkovitz on Tuesday told council that the abatement is basically unfair to other homeowners who now face higher taxes under AVI.
City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.
A state House committee has given preliminary approval to a resolution that would authorize a study of how Philadelphia’s share of casino revenues should be spent.
Larry Freedman says when he moved into his mixed unit building in 1986, it wasn’t much more than a shell. Now, he’s facing a tax assessment that could double his property tax bill.
Philadelphia’s Chief Assessment Officer, Ritchie McKeithen, was on the hot seat Tuesday during the second day of budget hearings in City Council chambers.
Philadelphia City Council today gets a chance to grill the Office of Property Assessment, which compiled the numbers behind the new assessments going out that have generated a lot of anxiety in the neighborhoods.
The chambers of Philadelphia City Council were packed to the rafters with angry union members as mayor Michael Nutter prepared to unveil his new budget.
Mayor Nutter will deliver a budget that hinges in large part on the new and controversial property assessments.
Dozens of residents filed into the auditorium at Neumann-Goretti High School in South Philadelphia to have some of their AVI questions answered at a public outreach session.
Councilman Jim Kenney has introduced a plan to cut spending so the property tax rate stays at or below 1.0 percent.
Tonight brings two meetings — the first of dozens expected this month — staged by the Nutter Administration to reach residents who are confused or upset by their new property assessments.
In recent days both city controller Alan Butkovitz and councilman Mark Squilla have claimed that inaccuracies in the AVI assessments exceed the industry-accepted margin of error. But Mayor Nutter begs to differ.
Sixty-seven-year-old Charles Sherd has lived in his home on Cantrell Street in South Philadelphia for more than 35 years.