Hey, Philly, listen up:
If you're planning on voting in the May 18 primary, TODAY is the last day to register to vote.
If you're not interested in registering as a Democrat or Republican, you can't vote (Pa.'s primaries are closed). HOWEVER...If you are a registered, unaffiliated voter, you can vote on ballot questions. Which means that you can vote to abolish the Board of Revision of Taxes. If this happens, it will be replaced with the Office of Property Assessment—and a separate appeals board.
Just to recap: The BRT is a patronage-packed office (the part-time workers make $70,000 a year) that has not been able to justify, in any logical manner, their wildly inaccurate property assessments. Read the Inquirer's coverage here. These oversights have cost the city more money than you can possibly imagine.
The bottom line is this: We're in a budget crisis. There are several proposals floating around to raise our taxes. If you don't want new taxes—and you don't—do the right thing and help clean up our city government. That's where the real savings are.
Voters can also register in person at the following locations:
PennDOT photo license centers
State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
County Clerk of Orphans' Court offices, including Marriage License Bureaus
Area Agencies on the Aging
Centers for Independent Living
County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
Offices of Special Education
ADA Complementary Paratransit offices
Seriously. We get a chance to respond in kind May 18 on a ballot measure to abolish the BRT forever. See you at the polls.
Three things you may not know about the primary coming up on May 18—and why you should rock the vote.
KYW 1060 reports Mayor Nutter has frozen controversial property tax reassessments by the BRT, until a fairer appraisal system can be developed. "The mayor says the scope and depth of the work may take a year or two, to make sure the system accurately assesses properties at actual value: "The moratorium will continue in place until we have developed and fully tested a fair mass-appraisal system." The BRT has been under severe criticism for years for using inaccurate data or arbitrary decisions that resulted in faulty assessments. But, he adds, about 18,000 city properties just received reassessment notices this past fall and are not covered by the moratorium."
Charlesretta Meade insists that the BRT’s problems stem from homeowners blocking reassessment in order to keep certain properties artificially undervalued.