Philly Can't Slash Tax Officer Pay, Pa. Appeals Court Rules

Law360, Philadelphia (March 20, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT) -- Philadelphia City Council did not have constitutional authority to cut the salaries of members of a city tax board as part of an effort to strip the body of its responsibility for handling tax assessments and appeals, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled that even as the council successfully halved the board’s duties by creating a new entity to handle assessments, it couldn't reduce pay for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes. In a reported decision, the court affirmed a county...
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