Via Miriam Hill, a pleasant surprise from Kenyatta Johnson who has the least bad idea for helping poor people who can’t afford the new more accurate tax bills:
Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes Graduate Hospital and other neighborhoods where tax bills are expected to soar in 2014, introduced a bill that would limit increases for households whose income does not exceed 160 percent of an area’s median income.
People in that group could defer any increases greater than 2.5 times their previous tax bill until they sold their property or could otherwise afford to pay. Everyone would be required to pay at least $1,000.
“These residents did not create this system, and we need to recognize that some folks simply just cannot afford such a drastic increase all at once,” he said.
In some parts of Graduate Hospital and Point Breeze, he said, some residents are facing tax bills 10 times higher than previous ones.