Tax board gets new interim director

    Philadelphia has a new interim Executive Director of the Board of Revision of Taxes. The appointment is the beginning of an overhaul of the agency, which determines how much people pay in real estate taxes.

    Philadelphia has a new interim Executive Director of the Board of Revision of Taxes. The appointment is the beginning of an overhaul of the agency, which determines how much people pay in real estate taxes.

    Attorney Richard Negrin has been selected by Mayor Michael Nutter to oversee the Board of Revision of Taxes. Negrin says the goal is to evenly distribute the tax burden among all property owners in Philadelphia. But, he says, changes aren’t going to happen overnight.

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    Negrin: My goal here, just like it would be with any organization, is to to create a culture of performance and excellence. It’s what I did at Aramark; it’s what I did at the DA’s office or Morgan Lewis, and it’s what I expect to do at the BRT.”

    A nationwide search will be undertaken to find a new Chief Assessor to oversee property valuations in the city. A bill to replace the the BRT with two agencies could come up for a vote as soon as Thursday. Under the bill, one agency would handle property assessment, and the second agency would handle taxpayers’ appeals. City voters would have to sign off on the changes.

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