City of Philadelphia to Host AVI Outreach Sessions

City Officials will also participate in two additional telephone town hall calls.
 
 
March 25, 2013–  The City of Philadelphia is continuing to host a series of one-on-one, “drop-in” outreach sessions with City staff to help residents understand the Actual Value Initiative and how it may affect them.  Residents can learn how to apply for the Homestead Exemption, how to read their Assessment Change Notice and how to complete their First Level Review request form.  Residents should bring their Assessment Change Notice, Homestead Exemption form and First Level Review form, which were mailed to residents beginning February 15.  Information will also be available on other tax-relief programs. 
 
Upcoming outreach sessions are as follows:
  • Monday, March 25,  6pm-8pm – Overbrook Library, 7422 Haverford Avenue
  • Tuesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm – St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 1000 Wallace Street
  • Tuesday, March 26, 6pm-9pm – Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd Street
  • Wednesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm – Holy Spirit School, 1845 Hartranft Street
  • Wednesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm – Protestant Homes, 6500 Tabor Avenue
Please note the change in location and time to previous events.  Additional dates and locations may be added.
 
A small percentage of Philadelphia property owners received their Property Assessment Notices after the original mailing on February 15.  First Level Review forms are due by March 31st or 30 days after residents receive their Property Assessment Notice for FY14. 
 
The City of Philadelphia will also host two additional telephone town hall calls to discuss the Actual Value Initiative with property owners.   City officials will answer questions about the assessment process, Homestead Exemption, First-Level Review process and the real estate tax changes.
 
The telephone town halls are scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28 and begin at 6:55 pm and conclude at 7:55pm. 
 
Interested residents can pre-register for the town hall by logging on to www.phila.gov or by calling 215-686-9200.  Individuals who pre-register will receive a call from the town hall when the session begins.  Residents can also join the town hall without pre-registering by calling 1-877-229-8943 and using the ID code 111479 during the town hall session.
 
The first telephone town hall was held on March 11.  Nearly 15,000 residents participated in the call with 32 questions asked during the call and more than 100 messages left after the call ended.  94% of participants said they would recommend the call to a friend during a poll administered during the town hall.  
 
For more information about AVI, property owners can call the Office of Property Assessment hotline at 215-686-9200 or go online towww.phila.gov/opa.
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