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Kenney against raising Philly property tax

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The man who will probably be the next mayor of Philadelphia is speaking out against hiking property taxes to help the schools. Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney says he doesn’t believe Philadelphia can afford to raise the property tax again.

“I don’t feel too good about a real estate tax increase there may be other areas of revenue raising that could be approached before this administration leaves,” he said.

Kenney says the nearly 10 percent increase comes after many property valuations rose with citywide re-assessments, known as AVI (Actual Value Initiative).

“I think that based on the aftermath of AVI and the fact that we have raised taxes a couple of times of the past few years the taxpayer is a bill beleaguered,” Kenney said.

While some additional city dollars could be found, Kenney says it’s time for the state to step up and help Philadelphia schools. 

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