Philadelphia collected more than $45 million in back property taxes during the first four months of the year and cut the number of tax delinquent properties by an estimated 30,000, 25% down from the previous year, records show.

The city had an estimated 126,000 tax delinquent properties at the end of 2013 and was owed more than $575 million in back taxes. The largest tax debts cleared this year include $8 million collected through the settlement of the former Foxwoods casino site and just more than $900,000 paid by Penn Wynn Inc., owner of a large apartment complex, which owed four years' worth of back taxes, according to records obtained by the Philadelphia Daily News.

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