Councilman proposes amnesty for Philly taxpayers during appeals

 Councilman Bobby Henon (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Councilman Bobby Henon (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A Philadelphia councilman is trying to grant some temporary tax amnesty.

Councilman Bobby Henon says thousands of property owners are still appealing their reassessments under the Actual Value Initiative.

“There are pending appeals from 2014 and just under 4,000 appeals from fiscal year 2015,” he said. But some property owners are facing tax deadlines with no decisions on their appeals.

Henon has proposed allowing property owners to pay their bill at the pre-reassessment rate, then settle up after the appeal is resolved.

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“The bill will have the homeowners assessed at the 2013 rate, which is fair which is what we did last year.until AVI kind of works the kinks out,” he said.

A date for a full council hearing on the proposal has not be set.

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