Should Philadelphia end its controversial tax abatement program?

    Should Philadelphia continue to offer tax breaks to encourage construction activity? The debate has become a major sore point for many residents during the city’s current budget crisis. The tax abatement is given to anyone who qualifies for a building permit for renovations or new construction. The 10-year tax break applies only to the increased value that the construction produces. Our guests are KEVIN GILLEN a Vice President of Econsult Corporation who supports the program and JONATHAN STEIN is general counsel at Community Legal Services who is opposed. Listen to the mp3

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