Council passes budget, raises taxes and punts on AVI

News June 28, 2012 1 Comment

Council adopted a budget that delays AVI for at least another year.

by Pete Mazzaccaro

City Council passed a budget this afternoon that does not include Mayor Michael Nutter’s proposal to raise an additional $94 million in a broad change in city property tax assessment called Actual Value Initiative. That initiative would have changed the way property taxes are assessed by moving from the current system, which is based on a formula, to a system based on real market values.

In Chestnut Hill, AVI promised to raise taxes  for nearly every home owner.  a look at potential scenarios showed annual tax bills rising as much as 100 percent. See our recent coverage here and here.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Council did, however, increase property taxes 3.6 percent to raise $20 million and increased the Use and Occupancy taxes for businesses to raise another $20 million. The total additional revenue amounts to $40 million, much less than the $94 million Nutter was looking for.

The bill must be signed by Nutter to take effect. There  was no word yet whether he planned to veto or pass the bill.

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  • Eric

    Now the challenge will be to fight Nutter’s proposed 1.85% tax rate based on real value. That would place Philadelphia among the most highly taxed areas for property tax. 1% of real value is quite enough and should be the aim of City Council. Also the city needs to collect its back taxes.