AVI Town Halls Set; More To Be Added

Mayor Nutter today announced a series of public sessions to discuss the administration’s property tax reform effort, the Actual Value Initiative.

Residents can learn how to apply for the homestead exemption, which could exempt as much as $30,000 from a homeowner’s primary residence for tax purposes, how to read the assessment notices that were mailed to property owners last month telling them how much the city thinks their properties are worth, and how to complete a form to appeal those values with the Office of Property Assessment.

The deadline for that appeal, called a first-level review, is March 31. The deadline for filing a more formal appeal before the Board of Revision of Taxes is Oct. 7.

Information on other tax-relief programs will be available at the sessions, and residents can meet one-on-one with administration staffers to talk about AVI.

“My Administration wants each homeowner to understand AVI and have access to necessary resources and information regarding relief measures,” Nutter said in a statement. “We will host drop-in sessions throughout Philadelphia so that all residents will have the opportunity to bring their questions and concerns to knowledgeable City officials.”

The administration said a full list of outreach sessions would be available later this week. The first three sessions have been scheduled for:


• March 7th at the American Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Road, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.

• March 7th at the Joseph Coleman Library, 68 West Chelten Avenue, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.

• March 9th at Saints John Neumann and Marie Goretti Catholic High School, 1736 South 10th Street, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.


The administration also has scheduled two “telephone town hall meetings,” where city officials will take questions from residents during one-hour conference calls. The first two telephone town halls are scheduled for March 11 and 27. Details on how to participate also will be forthcoming this week, the administration said.

Property owners will also be able to call into two one-hour Telephone Town Hall meetings, where City officials will take questions about the assessment process, the Homestead Exemption, the First-Level Review process, and other questions about the real estate tax changes. These are scheduled for March 11 and March 27. Details on how to participate in the Telephone Town Hall meetings will be provided later this week.

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