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Philadelphia, October 18, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released a statement on the passage of PA House Bill No. 1857, a measure clearing the way the way for the City of Philadelphia to implement the Actual Value Initiative (AVI), which will bring fairness, accuracy and transparency to the City’s long-broken property assessment process.

“I am very pleased with the action that was taken by the House of Representatives and Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and I particularly want to thank the Philadelphia delegation in those bodies for their efforts on this matter, and the leaders of the delegation, State Representative Cherelle Parker and State Senator Shirley Kitchen.  Equally important to the passage of this measure was the coordinated manner in which my Administration, City Council President Darrell Clarke and School Reform Commission Chair Pedro Ramos worked together to advocate for this bill; we made a number of visits to the legislature regarding this issue.  We are thankful that this bill was successfully passed, but we still have a lot of work to do.

“This effort has been about getting the necessary authority to lower the millage rate to a level that will be determined during the budgeting process, as a result of property assessments being at 100 percent value – which will be a vast improvement from the completely broken, flawed system that the City of Philadelphia has been operating under for decades.  I sincerely commend everyone that has been involved with this effort.”

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