Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Tax Travesty: An Inquirer investigation into the Board of Revision of Taxes(BRT)

Latest on the BRT
The new executive director of the Board of Revision of Taxes said yesterday that he could not "in good conscience" continue to value properties in Philadelphia using the "bad data" the department has relied on for decades.
Can the BRT finally fix property valuation? Maybe, but that’s the tip of the iceberg.
An Inquirer investigation raises questions about whether the Board of Revision of Taxes is capable of handling the complex and politically sensitive task of repairing Philadelphia’s broken tax system.
Property owner won't sell? Fumo's response: Try to jack up taxes.
Part 3: When owners refused to sell a property wanted by Vincent J. Fumo, the enraged state senator decided to "really f- him over." His weapon: the city Board of Revision of Taxes. The board promptly doubled the assessment.
As the CEO of the agency that sets tax values for all 577,700 properties in Philadelphia, Enrico Foglia has surprisingly thin credentials. But he had friends, like Rep. Robert Brady, the city's Democratic leader, an Inquirer investigation found.