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SHCA letter to Jannie Blackwell

SHCA letter to Jannie Blackwell

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Spruce Hill Community Association257 South 45
th
Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
June 13, 2012Councilwoman Jannie BlackwellRoom 408 City HallPhiladelphia, PA 19107-3290Dear Councilwoman Blackwell,We are aware City Council is considering several options regarding the Actual ValueInitiative (AVI). We are also aware that the decisions that you make will impact the cityas a whole and our neighborhood very significantly. We would urge you to delay theimplementation of AVI at this time.As a pure public policy issue, AVI makes a lot of sense. Assessments of real estate forproperty purposes should be accurate. fair, an
d easy to understand. The city’s assessment
has been an absolute mess for many years. That being said, AVI is not ready to beimplemented. The assessments are not completed. We do not know what the overallvaluation for the city will be. Perhaps most importantly, we do not know whether AVIhas been done accurately. Speculation is that many of the same inaccuracies anddisparities remain even with the new assessments.AVI is an unprecedented change in our tax structure. When AVI is implemented, manyresidents will see their tax bills multiply, owing thousands of dollars more than before. Of course this will be unavoidable in some cases. There are several problems however. Thepublic is generally not aware of the magnitude of the changes and has not planned forthem. There is no way for them to get any specific information on how AVI will affectthem as it is not complete and the individual assessments are not settled. Perhaps mostimportantly, the public has no confidence the job has been done right.Rushing to meet a July 1 deadline to prematurely force this dramatic change on ourcitizens is the wrong tact to take. Implement AVI when it is complete; people willunderstand how it will affect them and we will know if the assessments were doneaccurately.Sincerely,Edward T. Halligan

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