The citizens of Philadelphia deserve property tax reform that is implemented fairly and transparently. Unfortunately, the Nutter administration is trying to implement the Actual Value Initiative before we have assessment data available, meaning we have no idea what the tax rate will be. We call on City Council to take a stand against this outrageous abuse of the public trust.
Dear Honorable Councilmember:
As a Philadelphia resident, I believe that we deserve property tax reform that is implemented fairly and transparently. That is why I urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to VOTE NO on the Mayor’s AVI proposal (Bill #120175) and YES on Councilman Squilla’s proposal (Bill #120230).
I love my neighborhood and our city and I take very seriously my obligation to pay my fair share of property taxes. I understand that we must move to a system based on actual values. It is unfortunate that the Office of Property Assessment has not yet finished the monumental task of reassessing every property in the City in time to pass the fiscal year 2013 budget.
But I cannot and will not stand idly by and let the administration rush to implement a totally new tax system without data or evidence. I do not appreciate being strong-armed by the administration with threats to our public schools, without full consideration of the impact of the proposal on our communities or review of potential funding alternatives for our schools. Our communities will not support legislators who do not take a stand against this outrageous abuse of the public trust.
I ask you to implement property tax reform, “AVI,” right, not recklessly. I ask you to protect vulnerable homeowners. I ask you to find a way to shift some of the burden from homeowners to large commercial property owners. I ask you to find alternative sources of revenue - like collecting the tens of millions of dollars owed by tax delinquent property owners.
In sum, I urge you in the strongest possible terms to consider your vote on these bills carefully. We who live in the neighborhoods, who pay our fair share of wage and property and business taxes, who support our public schools often with substantial contributions out of our own pockets – we are paying attention to this vote.