City To Reveal its AVI Dark Magic to the Public

It’s become Philadelphia’s favorite political parlor game: bashing AVI. So, in an attempt to quell the criticism over its mysterious property assessment methods, the city will release a 15-page document detailing exactly how it all went down. (Council President Darrell Clarke threatened to subpoena the city for the information last week.) But look, out simpletons, it’s really really complicated to understand and we don’t expect you to figure it out on your first try.

What I do caution people to understand is that assessments are very convoluted, detailed system of value and property,”  city’s chief assessor Richie McKiethen told Newsworks. “So it’s very difficult for laymen to sit in their home and just derive their assessment.” So, uh, you might as well not even bother looking. OK? [Property]