Philadelphia Council drafts tax debt deferral plan

Philadelphia’s City Council is drafting a plan that could defer property tax debt for homeowners at risk of foreclosure.

Council President Darrell Clarke introduced the tax foreclosure diversion program on Thursday.

Clarke tells The Philadelphia Inquirer ( ) the city has grown too aggressive in foreclosing. His office says the city sent about 4,500 notices in 2012 and about 12,400 in 2014.

A spokesman for Mayor Jim Kenney says the administration would review the plan. Mike Dunn says the city offers payment plans for overdue taxes starting at $25 per month.

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