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Washington Post exposes secretive deals, billions in unexplained property tax reductions

In an ongoing series, The Washington Post's Debbie Cenziper and Nikita Stewart identified $2.6 billion in unexplained property tax reductions, made through secretive, back-room deals, for hundreds of influential developers in Washington, D.C. The third installment today found that the District's new chief appraiser had been dogged by similar allegations at his last job in Atlanta, where steep tax reductions were awarded to a mall and mansion owned by Lee Najjar, also known as “Big Poppa,” a well-known developer mentioned on the reality series, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

Today's story:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dcs-chief-tax-appraiser-embroiled-in-controversy/2012/09/12/4a3bb232-fb5c-11e1-b2af-1f7d12fe907a_story_2.html

First story:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/surge-in-dc-tax-office-settlements-reduces-commercial-property-owners-bills/2012/08/07/5af75372-d1c4-11e1-8bea-6dc0b4879aab_story.html

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