Actual Value Initiative

(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

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

05/24/2014

(Philadelphia city councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez, in 2012 file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilwoman Says Philadelphia Should Shift More Tax $$ To Schools

Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez proposes upping the school district’s share from 55 percent to 60 percent, which she says would shift about $53 million per year from the city to the schools without raising taxes.

02/27/2014

(Councilman Mark Squilla, in file photo.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Phila. Councilman Wants Annual Salaries For Tax Board Members Restored

“We need the BRT right now,” Councilman Mark Squilla says. “We need them to have these hearings. We need them to make sure they’re fair and as soon as possible.”

01/27/2014

(Flanked by other city officials, Mayor Nutter speaks to reporters about the Actual Value Initiative, AVI.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

2013 IN REVIEW: AVI Becomes Reality For Philadelphia Homeowners

The Actual Value Initiative, or “AVI” became the most battled-over program in City Hall during 2013.

12/29/2013

(City officials including Mayor Nutter announce the city's new tax relief program for gentrified properties.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Launches Property Tax Gentrification Relief Program

It is the second major relief program to result from the new property assessments that were mailed out earlier this year, for tax bills that are due early next year.

12/04/2013

City Hall (File photo - credit: Tim McLaughlin)

City Hall Warns Property Owners of Delays in Assessment Reviews

The initial reviews of about 25,000 property assessments won’t be completed before the deadline to file a formal appeal, so the city is urging property owners to proceed without waiting.

09/23/2013

(City Council president Darrell Clarke, in Council chambers.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

Controversial, Contentious Budget Was Hallmark of Phila. Council’s Legislative Season

After months of debate, Council president Darrell Clarke says he’s proud of the final version of the Actual Value Initiative that Council has approved.

06/20/2013

City Hall (credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Pew Study: Residential Property Owners Will Pay Bigger Chunk Of Taxes Under AVI

The Pew analysis of the new assessments finds that the percentage of property taxes borne by individual homeowners compared to other owners will go from about 54 percent under the old system to about 60 percent under AVI.

05/14/2013

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Property, Wages, or…? Stakeholders Argue Philadelphia’s Tax Policy

The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.

05/03/2013

(Philadelphia city councilman David Oh.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Councilman Wants To Subpoena Nutter Administration Over Property Revaluations

Councilman at-large David Oh says questions abound over the accuracy of the new assessments, and he says the methodology released last week did not clear up how the new property values were calculated.

05/02/2013

(Carla Pagan, executive director of the Board of Revision of Taxes, testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Property Tax Appeals Could Take 1½ Years, Official Says

BRT executive director Carla Pagan says the time required will be determined by the number of formal appeals filed, which she estimates could range between 10,000 and 50,000, or more.

04/23/2013

(Philadelphia revenue commissioner Clarena Tolson.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Revenue Chief Promises Firmer Hand Dealing With Tax Deadbeats

Clarena Tolson, the longtime Philadelphia streets commissioner, is now the revenue commissioner.

04/23/2013

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

Measures To Ease Philadelphia’s Transition To AVI Pass State House Committee

A package of bills designed to reduce the sticker shock associated with the overhaul of Philadelphia’s property tax structure has cleared a state House committee.

04/23/2013

(Councilman Mark Squilla.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman Wants No Hikes For Property Owners Awaiting Tax Appeal Decisions

Under current regulations, homeowners would have to pay the new — and possibly higher — bill and then get reimbursed if they win the appeal.

04/18/2013

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Phila. Lawmakers Urge Eligible Property Owners To Apply For Homestead Exemption

City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.

04/11/2013

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