BRT Board to Nutter: We Won't Resign

BRT member Russell Nigro, center, talks to reporters this afternoon about Mayor Nutter's demand that they resign. Also present are BRT members (left to right) Robert NC Nix III, Charlesretta Meade, Harvey Levin, James Dintino and Alan K. Silberstein. (Laurence Kesterson / Staff Photographer)

The Board of Revision of Taxes this afternoon held a press conference to respond to Mayor Nutter's request that they voluntarily resign.

Their answer? No way.

"I will not resign because there's no just cause, no appropriate cause for me to render a resignation," said Chairwoman Charlesretta Meade, who was flanked by 5 members of the 7 person board. Meade said the board has made significant progress under her watch, specifically the move towards "actual value" property assessments.

Nutter this morning called on the board to resign, saying he needed to "restore trust" in the BRT. Nutter also announced that he is sending two pieces of legislation to City Council that would impact the BRT's finances. The first ordinance would strip BRT board members of their salaries. The second would move the BRT funding from the agency to the city Finance Director.

An Inquirer series this week has raised questions about the management of the BRT and the accuracy of assessments. The agency last week provided the mayor and City Council with a new set of “actual value” property assessments, but it isn’t clear when these assessments will take effect.