News Of Special Interest
Appeal Philadelphia Parking Tickets on a new City/PPA Website
The City of Philadelphia has launched a new website that allows
individuals to appeal parking tickets online. Appellants may upload
documents in support of their appeal and browse a user-friendly guide
to the rules of the parking ticket appeals process.
The new website, launched in cooperation with the Philadelphia Parking
Authority, also puts into operation changes to the Traffic Code enacted
by a City Ordinance passed earlier this year.
The new web site can be found at http://philapark.org/violations
and can also be linked through the City's Finance Department website www.phila.gov/finance
Don't Forget To File Your Homestead Exemption Form
The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment urges all Philadelphia
residents who own and live in their home to take a few minutes and
complete a Homestead Exemption Form before November 15, 2012. The
Homestead Exemption reduces the taxable assessed value of your home.
Participation by November 15 is not required, but applicants whom
return the form by that date will see the Homestead Exemption reflected
on their 2014 tax assessment notice, which will be mailed in February
2013. See information below for full details and links to the
appropriate website to obtain a copy of the Homestead Exemption Form.
Homestead Exemption Update
Office of Property
Assessment (OPA) Reassessment Real Estate Tax Update September 1, 2012
Starting September 1st, applications for the Homestead Exemption
program were being mailed out to almost a half million residential
properties in Philadelphia.
The Homestead Exemption is a new tax relief program for Philadelphia
homeowners recently passed by City Council and the State legislature.
All you have to do is own your home and live in it as your primary
residence. There are no age or income restrictions. Homeowners in
condos and co-ops are eligible for the Homestead Exemption.
The Philadelphia Homestead Exemption offers Real Estate Tax relief to
homeowners by reducing the taxable portion of their property assessment
by $30,000, under the current law. For example, if a home is assessed
at a value of $100,000 and they have a $30,000 Homestead Exemption, a
homeowner would only pay taxes based on an assessed value of $70,000
vs. the original value of $100,000. The Homestead Exemption will go
into effect in Tax Year 2014, when the City completes a full
reassessment and implements the Actual Value Initiative. The Homestead
will not apply to this year's tax bills.
The application you receive in the mail will have your property
information and account number already filled in and a brochure about
the program. You simply need to answer a few questions, sign and date
the form and mail back. You can also submit an application online at https://opaphila.org/homestead
If you submit by November 15th, the Exemption will be noted on your
2014 Assessment Change Notice, which will be mailed in February 2013.
This is a one-time application. There is no need to reapply in the
future unless you move or your deed changes. If you have already
applied for the Homestead Exemption earlier this summer, you do not
need submit another application.
For more information, visit http://opa.phila.gov
or call the
Homestead Hotline at 215 686-9200.
Volunteers Needed For Washington Square Affair Fundraiser
In June 2013, SHCA will again be sponsoring the very popular Washington
Square Affair. Last year this event generated over $100,000 in
donations to help beautify this wonderful oasis in our neighborhood
which we all enjoy. We are looking for several volunteers and
a co-chair to commit so that we can proceed with all of the many
preparations needed for this huge undertaking attended by over 400
people. If you would like to volunteer, please contact email@example.com
Update: Property Tax Reassessment, AVI and Homestead Exemption
Office of Property
Assessment (OPA) Reassessment Real Estate Tax Update
July 12, 2012
The City of Philadelphia will be moving to property assessments based
on Actual Values (AVI) for Tax Year 2014. This change will help to
provide fair, accurate, and understandable tax assessments and bills.
Tax Year 2013
For the upcoming Tax Year 2013, based on recently passed local
legislation, the City will be using values certified for tax year 2011
to calculate tax bills, with adjustments for subsequent improvements,
demolition and destruction.
Most properties in Philadelphia will have no change in assessed value
from last year.
Approximately 25,000 properties will have a change in value
and will receive a notice in late September with the new value.
Properties with no change in value will not receive a notice.
Tax bills based on the 2011 Values will be mailed as usual
in December and are due March 31, 2013 (with a 1% discount if you pay
by February 28th).
Tax bills will be calculated based on the following formula:
Certified Market Value x 32% (pre-determined ratio) x
9.771% (tax rate).
The tax rate has increased by 3.6% compared to last year to
provide additional funding to the Philadelphia School District. This
increase is not related to a change in assessed values.
Tax Year 2014
To prepare for using Actual Values for tax assessments for Tax Year
2014 and beyond, the City will mail property owners notices of
assessment change in February 2013 to alert them to the new values.
These values will be based on the market value of the property, which
means the value that your property would sell for on the open market.
If you think that the new value is incorrect, you can have
an informal review by the Office of Property Assessment Evaluator who
initially assigned the value. You will have an opportunity to provide
additional information to the evaluator for consideration. The
evaluator will adjust the value, if appropriate. If you believe that
the assessed value is too high after the informal review, you will
still have the option to make a formal appeal to the Board of Revision
With Actual Value, the formula for calculating your tax
bill will be simplified to Certified Market Value multiplied by the Tax
Rate, removing the fractional basis for calculations. The Real Estate
Tax rate will be determined by May 31, 2013, and the Administration
plans to propose a substantial tax rate reduction once the new values
are determined. Do not multiply the 2013 tax rate by your 2014 value to
estimate your tax bill – it will be incorrect.
Along with the new values, the City will be introducing a new tax
relief program for homeowners called the Homestead Exemption beginning
in Tax Year 2014. If you have already submitted an application for the
Homestead Exemption, it will be processed and held for Tax Year 2014
and future years. If you have not already applied, you will receive an
application in the mail around Labor Day. Applications received by
November 15, 2012 will be reflected on the Assessment Change Notices
going out in February 2013. Applications received after that will
continue to be processed, but may not be shown on the Assessment Change
Notices. This program will not be in effect for Tax Year 2013 and
applications do not have to be submitted by July 31st, as previously
In addition to the Homestead Exemption, the City will continue to offer
installment payment programs for low-income Philadelphians and the tax
freeze program for low-income seniors. The Pennsylvania Property Tax
and Rent rebate program for eligible senior and the disable will also
For more information:
City of Philadelphia Plans to Mail Tax-Reassessment Results
By Troy Graham
July 13, 2012
The City of Philadelphia plans to mail out results of a citywide
reassessment of every taxable property on Feb. 15 - finally giving
owners an idea of what it truly thinks their properties are worth.
The city plans to switch next year to a system that assesses and taxes
properties based on actual market value. The city's determination of a
property's true worth is key to the process, but City Council must
still set the millage, or tax rate, next spring for the 2014 fiscal
year. That means homeowners wouldn't be able to accurately predict
their future tax bills even after knowing the new values assigned by
Mayor Nutter had hoped to institute the Actual Value Initiative (AVI)
this year, but City Council delayed the change over uncertainties about
the tax rate.
Council was generally supportive of a millage of about 1.2 percent of
actual value but balked once estimates pushed the millage as high as
1.8 percent - the difference between $2,400 and $3,600 on a house
valued at $200,000.
Property taxes this year - the 2013 tax year - will be based on 2011
assessments, under a system largely recognized to be broken and
inequitable. This year's bills will be due by March 31, 2013.
If Council does, in fact, agree to switch to AVI next year, the first
tax bills under the new system would be due by March 31, 2014.
Nutter administration officials had said they hoped to send out the
results of the reassessment by September. The mailing is being pushed
back to February because the Office of Property Assessment has to stop
work on the new numbers to deal with this year's tax bills based on the
old system, officials said. The new values now would arrive in
mailboxes just weeks before Nutter reveals his next budget in his
annual address to Council.
Nutter acknowledged that the process could be confusing to homeowners
who would get their actual value assessments shortly before their 2013
tax bills are due. Nutter promised "continuous communication and
education" for the public over the next six to eight months.
"The new assessments have nothing to do with the 2013 tax bill that
property owners will be paying under the old system," he said. "As many
times as we can say it, today, tomorrow, next week, next month, and
into next year, unfortunately some people will get confused."
Nutter said the reassessment was largely completed and he expected
"we'll be sharing a lot of information going back and forth" with
lawmakers this fall.
The delay in moving to AVI also delays the program - approved in
Harrisburg last month - to offer a homestead exemption.
Before AVI was delayed, the city was planning to mail out homestead
applications this summer. Nutter also encouraged homeowners to download
applications off the city's website.
Now, the applications will go out Sept. 1. The city plans to ask
homeowners to return them by Nov. 15. Anyone who already returned an
application will not have to complete another.
By law, the actual homestead application deadline isn't until the end
of January 2013, but the administration is asking for an earlier
deadline so the exemption can be reflected in assessments to be mailed
out in February.
The homestead exemption is now set at $30,000, meaning that amount
would be deducted from the value of a home before the millage rate is
applied. Council, however, could decide next year to change the