Philadelphians for Land Value Tax Shift
Philadelphians for Land Value Tax Shift are working to inform, educate and build a citizens movement in Philadelphia in support of the recommendations in the Tax Structure Analysis Report of the Office of the City Controller headed by City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel. The report was released on November 26, 2001.
Below you will find links to the report and several news stories about it.
Please contact your city councilmembers to indicate your support of the tax shift policy approach via www.hallwatch.org, where you can send them a fax quite easily.
We offer seminars and speakers on this important policy approach. If you would like more information contact Uda Bartholomew, Email: udaBB@msn.com Phone: 215-575-0589.
Additional information on Philadelphia tax reform can be found at the Philadelphia Forward website.
Focus on Real Estate Tax Reform
While the city has adopted the Tax Reform Commissionıs recommendation to dramatically reduce the oppressive Wage Tax in future years, improvements to make real estate taxation in Philadelphia fair and understandable remain elusive. This city cannot thrive if its system of real estate taxation exists as a barrier to growth.
Consider the facts:
A crucial part of the Commissionıs blueprint for change is the reform of the real estate tax system. Today, real estate taxation is unfair and inaccessible:
Thanks to policy changes that adopt certain Tax Reform Commission recommendations, the Board of Revision of Taxes (the agency that assesses city properties for tax purposes) will make major strides toward assessing all city properties accurately and fairly. But, we must still work to enact many complementary recommendations designed to improve the overall fairness and workings of the Real Estate Tax system.
The Tax Reform Commission proposed a series of recommendations to create an equitable and understandable tax structure:
Tax reform must be a priority for Philadelphia. The Mayorıs own 21st Century Review Forum transition team declared: "The mayor's very important quality of life strategies will not have the desired impacts or be sustainable in the long run in the absence of fundamental tax reform."
The recommendations of the Tax Reform Commission represent a true plan for change that must be a prerequisite for the implementation of other initiatives.
The time for study is over. The time for action is now.
A few previously archived major news stories:
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