Planning and Uncategorized and Zoning13 Jan 2014 10:11 pm


Prepared by the Passyunk Square Civic Association¬  AVI = Actual value initiative introduced by the City of Philadelphia (“City”) to revamp the system of real property taxes.  All real property in the City has been reassessed based on market value (i.e. what someone might buy it for on the free market).  The market values of all real property in Philadelphia were determined by the City’s Office of Property Assessments  (“OPA”).   The City’s stated purpose for AVI is to make the values of real estate, and thus the tax obligations of property owners in Philadelphia, accurate and fair.

¬  OPA released the new assessments on February 15, 2013.  The assessments relate to tax year 2014.  Each property owner should receive notice of his/her new assessment in the mail.  You can also check the new assessments online at:

¬  The amount of real estate taxes will be determined once the City has determined the tax rate.  The tax rate will be determined when the City has approved the budget for 2014.  The City budget is typically determined around May of the preceding year.  Currently, the minimum tax rate that has been identified by the City is 1.25% of the assessed value of each property.  For example, if your assessment is set at $100,000 and the tax rate is set at 1.32%, your tax obligation will be $1,320.

¬  Owner/occupants can apply for a homestead exemption, by submitting a paper application that was previously mailed, by applying online at, or by calling 215-686-9200 to apply. The deadline to apply for the homestead exemption if July 31, 2013 for applicability in tax year 2014. It should be noted that the homestead exemption measure is not yet finalized, but is currently proposed as a $30,000 reduction of a homeowner’s assessment. For example, if your assessment is set at $100,000 and you are eligible for the homestead exemption, you will be taxed at $70,000 for the period of the exemption. Other proposals for the homestead exemption and other gentrification protection measures are being considered by City Council. The greater the discount measures approved, the higher the tax rate will be.

¬  Property owners may appeal their new tax assessments here  First level of review is conducted by OPA.  You must complete a request form by March 31, 2013 and provide information you think is pertinent to your assessment.  It should be noted that the OPA evaluator may increase, decrease, or keep your assessment the same as a result of the review.

¬  If homeowners are not satisfied with the outcome of the first level of review, they may appeal to the Board of Revision of Taxes (“BRT”).  Formal appeals to BRT are due by October 7, 2013 for tax year 2014.

Contact information for our 1st District Councilman, Mark Squilla:

Mark Squilla
District 1
City Hall, Room 332
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3290
(215)686-3458, (215)686-3459
FAX: (215) 686-1931

For contact information for the rest of City Council or to confirm your council district, please visit

Planning04 Nov 2013 04:57 pm

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the first public meeting for the Washington Avenue Transportation and Parking Study on Oct. 23. For more information and to view the presentation, visit:

Press coverage:

To access the meeting presentation:

-Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Committee Chair


Planning03 Sep 2013 01:11 pm

Did you know that not a single building, structure, site, object, or interior in the PSCA neighborhood is listed in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places? Listing in the Register protects the property from significant alteration and/or demolition. Such protection offers a way to preserve the character of the neighborhood. Because of this, PSCA is creating a “watch list” of properties we think are valuable to the neighborhood, and beginning a process to nominate some of these to the Register. Please send your ideas about what should be on this “watch list” to Karin Morris at Possible candidates include schools, churches, cemeteries, or sites with social significance, as the building itself does not need to be architecturally significant if something important occurred there. For more information on the designation criteria, visit

-Karin Morris, Secretary and Planning Chair

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