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The report below was released May 8 by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. He commissioned the study of the Actual Value Initiative for $27,500.

Below the report are highlights of news coverage.

Daily News:

Butkovitz said yesterday that the administration “has not performed a credible job of improving assessment accuracy, uniformity and fairness” in executing AVI. …

Nutter spokesman Mark McDonald said … Butkovitz’s findings … “have to be seen for what they are – a $27,000 report that comes out a few weeks before a city controller runs for re-election.”


Butkovitz said Wednesday that “if it were up to me,” he would scrap the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) for a second year in a row, and urged Nutter to “invest heavily in getting the assessment right.”

“When you’re trying to do something this important with such ramifications, there’s no excuse for not doing what is required to get it right,” he said.

Daily News editorial:

Almost very week, it seems, someone releases a study designed to refute the city’s new Actual Value Initiative. The latest is from Controller Alan Butkovitz’s office, and his says that not only are the new property assessments more inaccurate than the current system, but they’re maybe racist, too.


Carnegie Mellon professor Robert Strauss says his research shows Philadelphia’s new assessments range from 30 percent to 800 percent inaccurate. He says problems are especially bad in minority and low-income neighborhoods.

City Paper:

The analysis also noted that the Office of Property Assessment’s data was lacking or incorrect in many cases when it came to residential properties’ attributes, such as number of stories or rooms.