August 2, 1987 |
Joseph Polya of Rydal acknowledges that he has increased his wealth in the last few years. But it came as a bit of a surprise when he received his 1987 assessment from the Montgomery County personal-property tax department putting his worth at $6.2 million. For the second time in four years, the county had stated incorrectly that Polya's assets totaled more than $6 million. Polya estimated his assets at $200,000 in taxable securities. Polya is not alone. In Abington Township, more than 10 percent of personal- property owners were assessed incorrectly - some at larger amounts.
September 28, 1989 |
The Granite Run Mall, Scott Paper Co., and Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Millbourne have appealed parts of their tax assessments this fall, joining a host of other large county businesses that have done so in recent years. The latest appeals, which will be heard this month and in October, would affect the Interboro School District, the Rose Tree Media School District, and the Borough of Millbourne, among others. "Good grief," said Millbourne council member Dorothy MacNeil when told that Sears planned to appeal the tax assessment on its empty store there.
February 20, 2013 |
The city's new property tax assessments are becoming an issue in the city controller's race, with incumbent Alan Butkovitz warning that more than 60 percent of Philadelphia homeowners are likely to face tax increases and challenger Brett Mandel accusing Butkovitz of "fear-mongering. " "A lot of very poor areas of the city, places like Germantown and Juniata Park, are seeing big increases," Butkovitz said Monday. "A lot of people in the city will be pushed out of their homes. " Mandel said his family's own taxes, on the southwest side of Center City, may come close to doubling, depending on rates and relief programs yet to be established by City Council.
May 22, 2009 |
The city's judges fired Joseph A. Russo from the Board of Revision of Taxes yesterday, after a scathing report from the city inspector general said he had manipulated property assessments, abused his power, and committed perjury. The sudden firing of Russo, a longtime ally of former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, appeared to be unprecedented in the 155-year history of the BRT, the agency that sets tax values for all properties in Philadelphia. "He did not uphold the standards expected of appointees," President Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe said.
January 1, 1989 |
The city Board of Revision of Taxes plans to re-evaluate its tax assessments of all homes in the Regency Hill development of Somerton as the result of a meeting last week between board officials and City Councilman Brian J. O'Neill. O'Neill, who requested the meeting Wednesday, said the board would take a second look at the market value it assigned to all 48 occupied homes in the development because they had a total of 350 unrepaired code violations and many also lacked a city-required certificate of use and occupancy.
October 31, 2012 |
A class-action lawsuit filed by several hundred Philadelphia real-estate owners asks Commonwealth Court to void the budget deal made this year between City Council and the legislature, leading to a one-year delay in the city's use of more accurate property assessment figures. If successful, the lawsuit could reduce Philadelphia property tax bills by as much as 25 percent but create equally large holes in the city and School District budgets, totaling $150 million or more. The individuals, partnerships, and corporations listed as plaintiffs own about 1,240 parcels in the city.
December 23, 2002
EVER SINCE shockingly high property tax assessments first started appearing in people's mailboxes, the Board of Revision of Taxes and chairman David Glancey have been the target of critics, especially on City Council. Councilman Frank DiCicco, in particular, has been especially tough in his remarks that the BRT is flawed in the way it conducts assessments. DiCicco illustrated his point when he asked the BRT for the addresses of people in his district for a mass mailing and 30,000 letters were returned with bad addresses.
March 3, 1991 |
Cinnaminson Township's proposed $5.4 million budget for 1991 would include an overall increase of more than 31 percent in property taxes. The rise was brought on by increased tax delinquencies and higher insurance rates, according to township officials, and might prompt layoffs of municipal employees and school crossing guards. Under the spending plan introduced last week, the local purpose tax would be 21.6 cents for each $100 of assessed property value. The old rate was 32.2 cents, but many residents could pay higher taxes for 1991 because property assessments recently rose 120 percent.
October 1, 1989 |
The Springfield school board has responded to a lawsuit that seeks to unseat eight of its members by filing a lawsuit of its own. D. Barry Gibbons, the district's attorney, said Thursday that he had filed an "abuse of process" suit against the 10 district residents who sued the school board. The residents contend that the school board violated the state school code by adopting school budgets that appropriate more than 25 mills worth of property tax revenue for expenses other than professional salaries.
December 8, 1988 |
Easttown officials on Monday proposed a 6 percent increase in spending in next year's township budget and only a slight tax increase to fund library operations. During a brief budget hearing at the supervisors' meeting, board Chairman Samuel Pilotti said there would be no tax increase to meet township operating expenses and that the township's total expenses for next year are budgeted at $3,375,000 compared with a 1988 operating budget of $3.2 million. According to township manager Gene Williams, the general fund tax will remain the same because of additional revenue generated by the township's real estate transfer tax. Williams said the 6 percent increase in spending resulted from the inflated costs of "general operating materials and supplies for the township.