It's Only Fair.

Most Philadelphia residents do the responsible thing: they pay their taxes or ask for help when they can't.  But there are thousands of people who choose not to pay and they get away with it.  And that is just not fair.

Tax Facts

On February 7th, we introduced resolutions that authorized the Committee of the Whole to hold a series of hearings on the issue of real estate tax delinquency. 

Check out each of the resolutions here:

Big Picture: Understanding Real Estate Tax Delinquency (Councilman O’Brien):

Authorizing City Council’s Committee of the Whole to investigate and hold public hearings reviewing the system utilized by the City of Philadelphia to collect delinquent real estate taxes, the effectiveness and shortcomings of the existing system, and the new methods and resources proposed by the Administration to increase  the collection of delinquent real estate taxes.

Delinquent Vacant Property (Councilwoman Bass):

Authorizing City Council’s Committee of the Whole to hold public hearings on vacant, tax delinquent properties in the City; the impact of such properties on the City; the procedures that the City currently employs and proposes to employ to collect delinquent real estate taxes from such properties and the efficacy of those procedures; the putative value of maintaining tax liens on such properties; the potential value of transitioning such properties to occupied, tax-generating properties; the safety risks associated with such properties and the additional measures and resources required to address concerns related to such properties. 

Delinquent Commercial Property (Councilman Squilla):

Authorizing City Council’s Committee of the Whole to hold public hearings on the procedures that the City currently employs and proposes to employ to collect delinquent commercial real estate taxes owed the City and School District, the effectiveness or shortcomings of existing and proposed procedures, and the additional measures and resources required to improve the system for collecting delinquent real estate taxes.

Delinquent Residential Investment Property (Councilman Johnson):

Authorizing City Council’s Committee of the Whole to hold public hearings to examine the City’s efforts to collect delinquent real estate taxes owed by owners of residential investment properties and the additional measures and resources required to reduce real estate tax delinquency. 

Delinquent Owner-Occupied Property (Councilman Henon):

Authorizing City Council’s Committee of the Whole to hold public hearings on the procedures that the City currently employs and proposes to employ to collect the delinquent real estate taxes owed the City and School District by owner-occupants, the effectiveness or shortcomings of existing and proposed procedures, and the additional measures and resources required to improve the system for collecting delinquent real estate taxes owed by owner-occupants. 

Best Practices Understanding National Best Practices, Next Steps (Councilman Oh):

Authorizing City Council’s Committee of the Whole to hold public hearings on the procedures that the City currently employs and proposes to employ based on accepted best practices to collect the delinquent real estate taxes owed the City and School District of Philadelphia.