Butkovitz on Your Money

Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz says the reassessment of Philadelphia real estate taxes will be a tax increase for many.  In his words, “It may knock a lot of people’s socks off.”  Butkovitz says some people may see “a doubling or tripling” of real estate taxes. 

Alan Butkovitz has been the City Controller for 6 years.  In that time he has performed audits and other reviews identifying hundreds of millions of dollars in potential savings. I asked him how much mayors, council members, school administrators and others have responded to his ideas. His answer: “Hardly at all.”

Butkovitz estimates the level of waste, fraud and abuse in the Philadelphia School District is about “20 something” percent.  He believes there is “a long history in the school district of the not respecting the (budget) numbers.” Butkovitz says he would not be surprised if there were federal indictments related to some charter schools that have or are operating in the Philadelphia School District.

On the city government side, Alan Butkovitz gives Mayor Nutter, Inspector General Amy Kurland and other s “A+’s.”  He says Mayor Nutter has ended the pay to pay culture.  He does, however, think the administration may be too academic and theoretical and still has “weaknesses on the operational side.”

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