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Philadelphia Property Taxes

(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.

05/24/2014

(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Looks To Change LOOP Program

City Council will take a look at extending exemptions for longtime Philadelphia residents whose property taxes jumped tremendously under last year’s reassessments.

03/16/2014

Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

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.”

01/27/2014

(City officials including Mayor Nutter announce the city's new tax relief program for gentrified properties.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Launches Property Tax Gentrification Relief Program

It is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.

12/04/2013

(An abandoned property on East Phil-Ellena Street in Philadelphia.  File photo by Cherri Gregg)

City Council Presses Nutter To Sell Property Tax Liens To Collection Agencies

The sponsor of the measure, Councilman Bill Green, says selling tax liens on foreclosed properties would bring millions to the school district that the city otherwise would never see.

10/24/2013

City Hall (FILE PHOTO credit: Tim McLaughlin)

City Hall Warns Property Owners of Delays in Assessment Reviews

The 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.

09/23/2013

(Councilman Wilson Goode Jr., in file image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Councilman Revamps His Ten-Year Tax Abatement Overhaul Proposal

Councilman Wilson Goode, who had originally proposed reducing the abatement slightly, is now pushing a plan to scale back the abatement more drastically.

09/19/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Controversial, Contentious Budget Was Hallmark of Phila. Council’s Legislative Season

After months of debate, Council president Darrell Clarke says he’s proud of the final version of the Actual Value Initiative that Council has approved.

06/20/2013

(City, state, and school officials listen as Mayor Nutter announces new funding for Philadelphia's schools.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Proposes $95M Additional Funding For Philadelphia Schools

The city plans to increase taxes on smokers and drinkers, and redouble its collection efforts on property taxes.

05/15/2013

(Philadelphia city controller Alan Butkovitz with Prof. Robert Strauss.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Controller Says New Property Assessments Are Even Less Accurate

And tAlan Butkovitz says the administration needs to reassess its reassessments.

05/08/2013

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Property, Wages, or…? Stakeholders Argue Philadelphia’s Tax Policy

The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.

05/03/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilman Wants To Subpoena Nutter Administration Over Property Revaluations

Councilman at-large David Oh says questions abound over the accuracy of the new assessments, and he says the methodology released last week did not clear up how the new property values were calculated.

05/02/2013

(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

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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

(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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