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