DiCicco: Expand BRT freeze

City Councilman Frank DiCicco called on Mayor Nutter and the Board of Revision of Taxes to include properties assessed this year in a citywide freeze.

Nutter announced this week that the BRT would not hike an assessments until his administration was confident that those property values were accurate. But not part of that moratorium were properties reassessed this year, some of which saw large increases that equate with a higher property tax bill. Those reassessments were done using the same allegedly unreliable information that was the basis for the decision by the BRT's new executive director, Richard Negrin.

DiCicco said he understood that Nutter had to draw the line somewhere, and he would not extend the freeze back to 2008. "I think that's only in the interest of fairness to the taxpayers," DiCicco told fellow council members in caucus before Thursday morning's council meeting. Council President Anna C. Verna said she agreed with DiCicco.

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