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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.