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City tax collection doing better, but still struggles to catch up with deadbeats

By the Notebook on Mar 24, 2014 02:42 PM

by Tom MacDonald for NewsWorks

City Council is reviewing why Philadelphia doesn't collect all the taxes it's owed.

Council members are taking an even closer look at taxes that could help the struggling public schools.

A report from the Pew Trust's Philadelphia Research Initiative says the city and School District are owed more than a half-billion dollars in delinquent taxes when interest and penalties are factored in, but only about 30 percent of it is collectable, for one reason or another.

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Comments (2)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 25, 2014 9:36 pm
As long as my ward leader and councilman will still prevent me from going to sheriff's sale for 20 years of unpaid taxes, i'm fine with this.
Submitted by Joe K. (not verified) on March 26, 2014 3:21 pm
Please, the deadbeats are invariably relatives or friends of relatives of the same pols screaming for the unpaid taxes. This is a complete farce and everybody who has sense, knows it.

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