By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – With Philadelphia’s property tax overhaul apparently on hold for a year (see related story), the state House has advanced legislation that would protect tax revenues for the city and school district in the interim.READ MORE: Philadelphia Students Finding Comfort In Rec Centers Again Amid Gun Violence Epidemic
Philadelphia House Republican John Taylor says if the status quo is maintained in Philadelphia, there will be a drastic impact on appeals of property tax assessments. So the House Tuesday evening approved an amendment he sponsored that will prevent a situation where homeowners would win appeals based on inaccurate numbers.READ MORE: 'I Thought I Was Done': Residents Of Trevose Mobile Home Park Pick Up The Pieces After EF-3 Tornado
“We’re concerned that in an automatic appeal, that the city school district could lose $100 million dollars without any taxpayer having to show exactly what their individual situation is,” Taylor says.MORE NEWS: Pirates' Crowe, 2 Relievers 1-Hit Phillies, End 4-Game Skid
Taylor’s amendment would, among other things, require that 2011 data be used in appeals. His amendment was inserted into a bill that would allow Philadelphia homeowners to qualify for a homestead exemption, a property tax break enjoyed by residents in the rest of the state.