City Controller Alan Butkovitz on Wednesday released an analysis of the recent citywide property reassessment and found that the new numbers are less accurate than those in the current system.
Butkovitz, who has been a vocal critic of Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value Initiative, AVI, from the get go, paid tax expert Robert Strauss $27,500 to examine the new assessments. Strauss, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said Wednesday that the accuracy of the assessments were well below industry standards and that the city used incomplete data and insufficient resources to complete the reassessment.
He called AVI “a story about well-intentioned policy change but not effective implementation.”
Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said that Strauss did not consult the city Office of Property Assessment while conducting his study.