Actual Value Initiative


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.


Larry Freedman outside his Northern Liberties home and business. (Credit: Steve Tawa)

Longtime Northern Liberties Resident Urges City Hall To Cap Taxes Increases Under AVI

Larry Freedman says when he moved into his mixed unit building in 1986, it wasn’t much more than a shell. Now, he’s facing a tax assessment that could double his property tax bill.


Philadelphia residential property owners meet with city officials to get help with their property assessment. (Credit: Mike Dunn)

Fewer Property Owners Than Expected File Informal Appeals Of Property Assessments

Officials had expected about 30,000 requests of first level reviews. The Nutter Administration’s spin on the lower tally: many people are on board with their new value.


Philadelphia City Council members opened their annual budget hearings on Monday at City Hall. (credit: Steve Tawa)

On Day 2 Of Budget Hearings, Council To Grill Office Of Property Assessment On AVI

Philadelphia City Council today gets a chance to grill the Office of Property Assessment, which compiled the numbers behind the new assessments going out that have generated a lot of anxiety in the neighborhoods.


(City Council president Darrell Clarke, at rear, tries in vain to restore order before recessing the Council session in the midst of Mayor Nutter's address.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Mayor Nutter’s Budget Address Disrupted By Angry Protesters

The chambers of Philadelphia City Council were packed to the rafters with angry union members as mayor Michael Nutter prepared to unveil his new budget.


(Philadelphia city councilman James Kenney, in file photo.)

Phila. Councilman Says Spending Cuts Could Keep Tax Rate Down to 1 Percent

Councilman Jim Kenney has introduced a plan to cut spending so the property tax rate stays at or below 1.0 percent.


Nutter Launches Series Of Meetings To Answer AVI Questions

Tonight brings two meetings — the first of dozens expected this month — staged by the Nutter Administration to reach residents who are confused or upset by their new property assessments.


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

Mayor Nutter Defends City’s New Property Tax Assessments

In recent days both city controller Alan Butkovitz and councilman Mark Squilla have claimed that inaccuracies in the AVI assessments exceed the industry-accepted margin of error. But Mayor Nutter begs to differ.


(City councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Councilman’s Plan Would Help Homeowners Hardest Hit By Property Tax Overhaul

Second District councilman Kenyatta Johnson says his district is among those that will be hardest hit by the move to the so-called Actual Value Initiative (“AVI”).


City Hall (credit: Tim McLaughlin)

City’s Calculator Helps Homeowners Anticipate Property Tax Scenarios

You may have your assessment, but two major questions are still unanswered: what is the rate on which that assessment will be taxed? And, what (if any) relief measures — such as a homestead exemption — will be offered by the city?


(Mayor Nutter, with other city officials, stresses the importance of the "Actual Value Initiative."  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Officials Offer Appeals Path for Revised Property Assessments

If you have questions about the assessment, you can call the Office of Property Assessment at 215-686-9200, or go to


City Hall (credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Proceeding With Property Tax Makeover, Philadelphia Mails Out Revised Assessments

The Nutter Administration is mailing out more than 500,000 assessments to property owners — the first wholesale remaking of property values in Philadelphia in many years.


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Katz Thinks AVI Could Send Young Families Packing For The Burbs

Katz voiced concern that sticker shock could be in store for young families who bought in to gentrifying neighborhoods. “And if en masse large numbers of them put ‘For Sale’ signs out, it’s going to drive the value of housing down,” Katz said.


City Hall (credit: Tim McLaughlin)

Taxes Top Agenda For City Council 2013 Session

Also looming is the continued financial woes of the school district, and the debate over the planned closure of 37 school buildings.


(Flanked by lawmakers, mostly from the Pennsylvania Legislature, Rep. Cherelle Parker describes new legislation directed at improving Philadelphia's AVI.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Pa. Lawmakers Bring Legislation to Advance Philadelphia’s Property Tax Overhaul

Several pieces of legislation were passed in the last session to enable Mayor Nutter’s property tax overhaul known as “AVI,” for Actual Value Initiative. Now, lawmakers plan to introduce more legislation to enhance the changeover process.