City of Philadelphia to Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Property Taxes

Office of Property Assessment Hotline hours extended as Homestead Exemption application deadline nears.



Philadelphia, September 9, 2013– The City of Philadelphia will host its second in a series of Telephone Town Hall meetings to discuss property taxes.   City officials will answer caller questions about the Actual Value Initiative and property tax relief programs, including the Homestead Exemption.


“Our Administration is committed to helping every citizen understand the changes to the property tax system, including the relief measures available to them and the opportunity to sign up for the Homestead Exemption,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “I want to encourage every citizen to participate in this important, informative town hall call.”


The second Telephone Town Hall is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10 and will begin at 6:45 pm and conclude at 7:45pm.  Finance Director Rob Dubow, Chief Assessment Officer Richie McKeithen and Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson will answer questions during the Telephone Town Hall meeting.


Interested residents can pre-register for the Telephone Town Hall by logging on to 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 1-877-229-8493 and using the ID code 111479 during the town hall session.


The City of Philadelphia also announced that the hours for Office of Property Assessment Hotline will operate on extended hours through the Homestead Exemption application deadline on Friday, September 13, 2013.  The Hotline will be open:

  • Monday, September 9th through Thursday, September 12th from 8 am – 8 pm; and
  • Friday, September 13th from 8 am – 8:30 pm.


The Homestead Exemption is a property tax relief program available to all Philadelphians who own and live in their property as their primary residence.  If approved for the Homestead Exemption, property owners will be able to reduce the taxable value for their property by $30,000.  Applications can be filled out online at or over the phone by calling the Office of Property Assessment Hotline at 215-686-9200.


For more information, property owners can call the Office of Property Assessment Hotline at 215-686-9200 or go online to Or visit to estimate property taxes for 2014.


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