Editor’s note: This can’t happen soon enough!
HARRISBURG – Affordable housing advocates are urging a reform of Pennsylvania’s property tax sale laws to help fight blight in both large cities and small towns.
They want to overhaul a system that allows speculators to obtain a lien on property at tax sales by paying delinquent taxes and yet not go the next step and obtain clear title.
Other legislation being sought would give long-standing residents the opportunity to take ownership of homes in cases where the recorded owner has abandoned them and put more restrictions on who can bid at property tax sales.
Rewriting archaic tax sale laws that date to the 1920s and 1940s is seen as a way to help fiscally distressed cities rebuild their tax bases and help get newly authorized land banks off the ground.
Dear Ed Rendell,
I seem to remember property tax relief/reform being a priority during your 2002 campaign. Geeze Ed, 8 years later….ummmm not seeing any relief yet. Those of us in Pottstown certainly haven’t noticed any relief as taxes have skyrocketed! What about all the gambling money that was going to “easy the burden” of the average Pennsylvania taxpayer? Hmmmmm, we are not seeing any of that gambling money floating around Pottstown either, Ed. Heck, the Keim Street bridge needs replaced before it falls into the Schuylkill River for starters. Can ya send a few bucks our way??
So along comes New Jersey’s new governor Christie. The guy just gets into office and hasn’t even broken in his chair yet and badabing-badaboom….a property tax relief bill is signed into law. Just like Christie promised. Imagine our surprise here in Pottstown, Ed. Maybe you should give Governor Christie a call and ask for a few tax relief pointers before you leave office. You still have a couple of months to get the ball rolling. We would really appreciate your help in this matter.
Very Truly Yours,
Overburdened Pottstown Taxpayers