Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nutter to tax deadbeats: "We're going to chase their little a--es down"

High-tech databases, collection agencies, call centers, new legislation and some saucy tough talk.

Nutter to tax deadbeats: "We're going to chase their little a--es down"

This isn´t the first time Mayor Nutter has cursed in public.  ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )
This isn't the first time Mayor Nutter has cursed in public. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )

High-tech databases, collection agencies, call centers, new legislation and some saucy tough talk.

That's Mayor Nutter's plan for cracking down on tax deadbeats in Philadelphia, which lets more property taxes go uncollected than any major U.S. city.

"Now there are some other trifling raggedy people around here who can actually pay [their taxes] who don't pay," Nutter said Monday at a press conference. "We're going to chase their little asses down as hard as possible."

The mayor announced that his administration is investing $40 million, hiring 55 new employees and developing new analytics systems to get on top of the half-billion dollars owed to the city by delinquent property owners, many of whom haven't paid taxes in years. 

He's also continuing the city's push for legislation in Harrisburg that will help him crack down on deadbeats.

The administration hopes its new strategy will result in $260 million in new revenue by 2018.

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