Councilman Bill Green is continuing to push the Nutter administration on the potential for the mayor’s proposed market-value property-tax system to be a tax windfall for commercial property owners.
Green on Monday released a spreadsheet that predicts the impact of Nutter’s tax proposal, known as the Actual Value Initiative. Based on Green’s calculations, the shift to AVI could move $200 million to $300 million in overall tax burden from commercial to residential taxpayers.
Green said this could happen because commercial properties are now more accurately assessed than residential properties, which are collectively assessed well below their market values. He predicts that a tax system in which a flat rate is placed on a market value could mean that business property owners in the aggregate will see their bills drop while residential property owners could see an aggregate increase.