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Fox Challenges Real Estate Tax Legislation

Posted in Assessments, Eminent Domain

Fox Rothschild has filed a class action on behalf of the owners of approximately 1,240 properties located in Philadelphia challenging recent legislation which “adopts” an artificially high Established Predetermined Ratio (EPR) for the 2013 tax year. Significantly, while the legislation expressly recognizes that real estate tax assessment in the City has become “increasingly at variance with principles of uniformity and sound assessment,” 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 8565(a)(1), it arbitrarily incorporates knowingly inaccurate 2011 property values and 2009 sales data as the foundation for the new EPR. In so doing, we allege that the legislation undermines the integrity of the assessment process by eviscerating Taxpayers’ fundamental rights to uniformity in taxation. More information about this case can be found at ww.foxrothschild.com/newspubs/newspubsArticle.aspx