Monday, October 20, 2014
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Can Philly learn from Allegheny's property-tax woes?

Philadelphia's property-tax system is undergoing monumental changes. So was the property-tax system in Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh ... until that plan went belly-up this year.

Can Philly learn from Allegheny's property-tax woes?

Larry Shubert, a property-tax assessor for Philadelphia, walks around the streets of Manayunk and determines home values.
Larry Shubert, a property-tax assessor for Philadelphia, walks around the streets of Manayunk and determines home values. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Philadelphia's property-tax system is undergoing monumental changes.

So was the property-tax system in Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh ... until that plan went belly-up this year.

On Friday, I took to WHYY's airwaves to report on Allegheny County's mistakes, and explore whether Philly can learn any lessons from the debacle across the state.

Listen up here.

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Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

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