CITY COUNCIL President Darrell Clarke took criticism of the city's new property-tax system to a new level Wednesday, saying he regrets voting in 2010 to place property assessments under the mayor's control.
"In retrospect, I made a mistake in voting for that," Clarke said at Council's first neighborhood budget hearing, in the Sheet Metal Workers International Association building south of Penn's Landing.
The vote occurred in the wake of a controversy surrounding the Board of Revision of Taxes, which used to assess properties.
Less than two dozen residents showed up to the meeting, but Clarke seemed aware his words would carry further. He noted the presence of a reporter from the Inquirer, which exposed many of the problems with the old BRT in a 2009 investigation, when making the comment and joking that it would be on the front page.