Philadelphia City Council Expands Tax Relief For Long-Time Homeowners

Pat Loeb
April 05, 2018 - 3:26 pm
Kenyatta Johnson

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia City Council on Thursday passed two bills over the objections of the Kenney administration. 

One bill will require the Parking Authority to reimburse the $200 cost of appealing a parking ticket to Common Pleas Court, if the driver wins. The other expands eligibility for tax relief under the LOOP program-- Long-time Owner-Occupied Properties. 

The administration had worried about the lost revenue, but it's unclear whether the mayor will go ahead and sign the bills now that they've passed.

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The LOOP expansion sponsor, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, had been prepared to accept a compromise -- a slightly smaller expansion -- but changed his mind during hearings where he learned 4,800 people would lose their eligibility, and some possibly their homes.

"People who lose their homes in Philadelphia will be forced to move to the suburbs, and then we'll have one type of people living in the city of Philadelphia, similar to what we have in San Francisco," Johnson said. "And so, hopefully the administration gets just as aggressive about when it comes to tax relief for long-term residents who have served as the bedrock of our city, prior to development coming in."

Johnson says the mayor's 4% tax hike request increases the need for the bill.