A Philadelphia City Council committee has voted to encourage the Nutter administration to give homeowners a bit more leniency in the wake of the overhaul of the city’s property tax system.

At the hearing, Jennifer Schultz of Community Legal Services testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative, see related story) left many homeowners confused and scared.

“The AVI program provided an unanticipated shock to many homeowners in Philadelphia when they received their 2014 tax bill,” she said.

Adding to the confusion, she said, was that the new assessments mailed out gave only the assessments, not the tax due, because the rate had not been set at the time.

“So it really was an abstract idea to see these changes in these numbers, because it was a moving target when the notices were going out,” Schultz testified.