Pay Raises Grease the Machinery at Phila. Property Tax Review BoardBRT executive director Carla Pagan confirmed that the measure approved last month by Council to give board members a pay raise had its intended effect: the BRT has now greatly increased the number of appeals it is hearing.
Nutter Has Stern Words For Board That Hears Property Tax AppealsA backlog of property tax appeals -- and a plan to give raises to the board that hears appeals -- has prompted angry words from Mayor Nutter.
Legal Snag Could Delay Pay Boost For Phila. Tax Appeals BoardPay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.
Phila. Councilman Wants Annual Salaries For Tax Board Members Restored"We need the BRT right now," Councilman Mark Squilla says. "We need them to have these hearings. We need them to make sure they're fair and as soon as possible."
City Hall Warns Property Owners of Delays in Assessment ReviewsThe initial reviews of about 25,000 property assessments won't be completed before the deadline to file a formal appeal, so the city is urging property owners to proceed without waiting.
Philadelphia Property Tax Appeals Could Take 1½ Years, Official SaysBRT 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.
Fewer Property Owners Than Expected File Informal Appeals Of Property AssessmentsOfficials had expected about 30,000 requests of first level reviews. The Nutter Administration's spin on the lower tally: many people are on board with their new value.
Board Agrees To Slash Percentage To Calculate Property Taxes In PhiladelphiaProperty tax bills in Philadelphia use 32-percent, but the state says Philadelphia's ratio should be much lower -- 18.1 percent. The city is asking the state to reconsider.

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