Official says this year's tax assessments have been 'whackadoo'

Pat Loeb
May 08, 2018 - 8:07 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Council will audit the Office of Property Assessment after taxpayers complained that this year's reassessments were faulty.

The council's audit plan came out during a hearing Tuesday on the mayor's tax rate increase proposal.

Council President Darrell Clarke said he knows OPA employees are trying hard to do a good job, but he said something is off about their work this year.

"There's been some very, very strange assessments. There's been some really — I hate to use this word, but I'm going to use it — 'whackadoo.' I mean, properties on the same block, swings of $150,000 to $200,000, larger properties that get assessed lower — I mean, it's out of control," he said.

Responses to council's request for proposals from auditors are due next week and they'll do the audit next fiscal year. 

Clarke told Finance Director Rob Dubow it's difficult to ask for a tax rate increase when many property owners are already paying higher taxes because of reassessments. 

"There's an appeals process that can help people if they think they're values are off," Dubrow said.

"Right because clearly, something's not right," Clarke added.