The city’s huge backlog of unpaid property taxes — it has one of the highest deliquency rates of any major city — is back in the news.
Read a series of articles by Patrick Kerkstra for PlanPhilly and the Inquirer:
- Lax property tax enforcement and brazen deadbeat investors have depressed Philadelphia’s property-tax base by $9.5 billion
- A broken property tax system where everyone loses, except investors
- Delinquents enabled by city’s failings
- The challenge of fixing Philadelphia’s broken approach to land use
Back in February, Mayor Michael Nutter trumpeted a new program including databases, collection agencies and call centers to go after those who owe back taxes. He said the $40 million program will pay for itself several times over by bringing in $260 million in revenue by 2018.
The Daily News reported that Nutter said:
“Now there are some other trifling, raggedy people around here who can actually pay, who don’t pay. We’re going to chase their little asses down as hard as possible.”
Tell us what you think about delinquent taxes and how the city can improve collections.