So the internet has been responsible for the downfall of dictatorships, can we use it to force Philadelphia to collect back taxes before we pay any more increases?
Could we construct a manifesto that outlines steps the city much take, such as collect X% of unpaid back taxes and reach an annual collection rate equal to our closest competitor amongst major cities, and until such time that actual tax paying citizenship of the city will not any increase?
If we could create and circulate this manifesto, what would actually be involved to get a large percentage of the tax paying citizens to separate their property tax payment from their mortgage? Could we get simple enough steps to convince people to do this?
This is an easy revolution, it doesn't involve doing anything, in fact, it just involves NOT doing something, paying any increase in taxes until the city can prove that they can collect at least as well as Detroit (or whoever it actually is).
And to be clear, I strongly support AVI, I just don't think it's fair to ask for much more from some when there is a huge part of the taxbase not paying their share.
1. We would need to define an action, ie, not paying increases.
2. We would need to define a benchmark for collection of past taxes, there is $555M out there
3. We would need to define a benchmark for annual collection rate, most other large cities, even Detroit range between 3-6% delinquency rate. We are at 18%
4. We need to tell citizens about this. (website, facebook campaign, local press…)
5. We need to educate citizens about how to separate their tax payment from their mortgage payments.
6. We need to convince citizens that they will be among a large number of people participation.