Philly Voters Give Property Tax Board the Boot

Voters in Philadelphia have approved a ballot measure to abolish a board that helped determine the tax due on every property in the city.

With 96 percent of the precincts reporting, voters by a margin of 71 percent to 29 percent approved a plan to replace the Board of Revision of Taxes with two entities.

The current board determines real estate values and hears appeals of those assessments. Under the new system, the Office of Property Assessment in the executive branch will determine real estate values, and a new seven-member Board of Property Assessment
Appeals will hear appeals.

The board drew heavy criticism after a series in The Philadelphia Inquirer raised questions about the management of the agency and the accuracy of its assessments.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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