Johnson is hosting ‘Save Our Homes’ workshops in September

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Philadelphia City Council Member Kenyatta Johnson to Lead Workshops on Property Tax Relief

throughout its Second District to help residents navigate Philadelphia’s 2022 property tax assessments and find ways to save money on property taxes.

The next workshops will be September 21, 4-8 p.m., at the Francis Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingessessing Avenue, in Southwest Philadelphia; Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Monica Parish, 2422 S 17th St.; and Sept. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Lord Jesus Christ Church of the Apostolic Faith, 701 South 22nd Street.

“The city’s property assessment office has released new residential property tax assessments for the 2023 tax year, and they’re up an average of 31% citywide,” Johnson said. “Many landlords are now starting to be notified of their new assessments by mail. Many are seeing big increases in the assessed value of their homes – which could mean higher property taxes next year.

Johnson sponsored the “Save Our Homes” property relief program that gives eligible residents ways to offset increases in their tax bills.

“I was the City Council’s lead sponsor of the ‘Save Our Homes’ property tax relief plan,” Johnson said. “Council approved the seven-point plan in June, to help homeowners lower their property taxes. I want as many Second District residents as possible to take advantage of all available municipal tax programs to save money on their property taxes this year. I also want to make sure they appeal their property assessments if they are not accurate.

The city’s property assessment office announced Sept. 15 that it will extend the deadline for submitting first-level review applications to Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, giving property owners an additional two weeks to submit their applications. . The OPA extended the deadline (which was September 30) due to postal delays in Philadelphia.

Workshop participants are requested to bring proof of age, address and income with them to the event. It is also recommended that people bring their OPA assessment notices if they want to formally appeal their property tax assessment.

Residents will be seen on a first come, first served basis. To RSVP for a workshop in advance, email Council Member Johnson’s office through their website: https://phlcouncil.com/kenyattajohnson.

Owners can view their 2023 reviews at https://property.phila.gov/ using their address.

The main parts of the Save Our Homes plan are:

  • Increase the city’s homestead exemption from $45,000 to $80,000. This will increase the value of the benefit from $629 per year to approximately $1,120 per year.
  • Allowing retroactive enrollment in the seniors tax freeze, starting in 2018. This will allow low-income seniors to freeze their property assessments at the time they became eligible, rather than at the time they enrolled.
  • Multiple program changes for long-time homeowners that will significantly increase access for low-to-middle income homeowners. Newly eligible households would increase for thousands of homeowners.
  • Allocate at least $15 million for the city’s housing assistance program in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.
  • Allocate at least $2.5 million in the fiscal year 2023 budget for an awareness campaign to inform Philadelphia residents of the property tax relief programs available to them.
  • Allocate $1 million in the fiscal year 2023 budget for free legal assistance to low-income tenants facing displacement due to rising rents, in part due to assessment increases.
  • Officials say the Save Our Homes property tax relief plan is backed by Community Legal Services, which helps clients when they are threatened with losing their homes, income, health care and even family. .

The Office of Property Assessment now sends out 2023 assessments, including a first level review form to complete if assessments are found to be too high. The OPA decides on the FLRs. More information about FLRs is available at https://www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-property-assessment/property-assessments/. Residents can call the OPA hotline at 215-686-9200. Philadelphians can also formally appeal your assessment to the Tax Review Board (details available here: https://www.phila.gov/media/20220815121914/2023-Market-Value-Appeal-form-rev.pdf). This step allows for the payment of 2023 property taxes in the 2022 amount until the cases are decided. Call (215) 686-4343 for more information or email [email protected]

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