An Update On City Council's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Hearings

Yesterday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Philadelphia Revenue Department and the Board of Revisions of Taxes gave testimony to City Council. Frank Breslin, the Revenue Commissioner, testified on behalf of Revenue, and his prepared remarks can be found here. Carla Pagan, Executive Director for the BRT, testified on behalf of that agency, and her prepared remarks can be found here. It is safe to say that both Mr. Breslin and Ms. Pagan should have expected questions about taxpayer real estate tax assessment appeals this year. Later in the day, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Rob Dubow testified on tax bills, followed at 5:00 p.m. with public testimony on tax bills. In advance, Mr. Dubow provided these prepared remarks, which notably referred to the City's planned implementation of a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal ("CAMA") system that should be up and running for Tax Year 2021. Any member of the public can attend hearings, which are located on the fourth floor of City Hall.

Michael Piper, from the Office of Property Assessment, already provided testimony to City Council, and you can view that testimony on YouTube here.  Mr. Piper's prepared remarks are here

You can view any of the aforementioned testimony by going here. I will be reviewing the OPA, Revenue and BRT testimony video to provide a summarized update and commentary.



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