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(Carla Pagan, executive director of the Board of Revision of Taxes, testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Property Tax Appeals Could Take 1½ Years, Official Says

BRT executive director Carla Pagan says the time required will be determined by the number of formal appeals filed, which she estimates could range between 10,000 and 50,000, or more.

04/23/2013

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Measures To Ease Philadelphia’s Transition To AVI Pass State House Committee

A package of bills designed to reduce the sticker shock associated with the overhaul of Philadelphia’s property tax structure has cleared a state House committee.

04/23/2013

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Philadelphia City Council Asking For Formulas Used In Controversial AVI

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.

04/20/2013

(Councilman Mark Squilla.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Wants No Hikes For Property Owners Awaiting Tax Appeal Decisions

Under current regulations, homeowners would have to pay the new — and possibly higher — bill and then get reimbursed if they win the appeal.

04/18/2013

(Philadelphia controller Alan Butkovitz.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City Controller Says Philadelphia’s Property Tax Abatement Is Unfair To Other Homeowners

City controller Alan Butkovitz on Tuesday told council that the abatement is basically unfair to other homeowners who now face higher taxes under AVI.

04/17/2013

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Phila. Lawmakers Urge Eligible Property Owners To Apply For Homestead Exemption

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.

04/11/2013

(File photo / Credit: Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio)

Pennsylvania House Resolution Would Authorize Study of Philadelphia Casino Revenues

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.

04/10/2013

Larry Freedman outside his Northern Liberties home and business. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Longtime Northern Liberties Resident Urges City Hall To Cap Taxes Increases Under AVI

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.

04/02/2013

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Philadelphia’s AVI Architect Takes Heat At Budget Hearings

Philadelphia’s Chief Assessment Officer, Ritchie McKeithen, was on the hot seat Tuesday during the second day of budget hearings in City Council chambers.

03/26/2013

Philadelphia City Council members opened their annual budget hearings on Monday at City Hall. (credit: Steve Tawa)

On Day 2 Of Budget Hearings, Council To Grill Office Of Property Assessment On AVI

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.

03/26/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, at rear, tries in vain to restore order before recessing the Council session in the midst of Mayor Nutter's address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Budget Address Disrupted By Angry Protesters

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.

03/14/2013

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Mayor Nutter Delivers New Budget To City Council Today

Mayor Nutter will deliver a budget that hinges in large part on the new and controversial property assessments.

03/14/2013

(Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Philadelphia Residents Attend Public Meeting To Review 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.

03/09/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Phila. Councilman Says Spending Cuts Could Keep Tax Rate Down to 1 Percent

Councilman Jim Kenney has introduced a plan to cut spending so the property tax rate stays at or below 1.0 percent.

03/07/2013

Nutter Launches Series Of Meetings To Answer AVI Questions

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.

03/07/2013

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