In this issue, we look at the South Street Renaissance, a community of artists that transformed South Street into a major destination for the creative arts. The group was also largely responsible for organizing efforts to defeat the Crosstown Expressway. Download PDF
If your property was reassessed earlier this year and you feel it’s inaccurate, appeal it!
Apply by the October 1, 2018 deadline to request an appeal from the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT). To download the BRT Real Estate Market Value Appeal application form click here.
Whether or not you requested an appeal from the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) you can request an appeal from the BRT.
Want to know more information about the appeal process?
The Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition has prepared an informative guide regarding the appeals process. While this is not a replacement for competent legal counsel, it provides helpful pointers if you’re comfortable handling an appeal on your own. To see or download the guide, click here.
Three other things you should know about:
1) The homestead exemption
If you own property in Philadelphia and it is your primary residence, you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption on your Real Estate Tax. It works by reducing the taxable portion of your property assessment by $30,000. Most homeowners save about $400 a year on their Real Estate Tax bill.
2) Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP)
This is a Real Estate Tax abatement for homeowners who have had their property taxes triple (go up by 300% or more) from one year to the next, and have lived in their home for 10 years or more.
3) Low-income senior citizen real estate tax freeze
If you meet certain age and income requirements, the amount of property tax you pay each year will not increase, even if your property assessment or the tax rate changes. If you tax liability decreases due to a lower property assessment or a tax rate decrease, the amount of real estate tax you owe will also be lowered to the new amount.
Interested in running for a QVNA Board position? Let us know!
Will YOU be one of them?
Whether you have prior nonprofit board experience or not, if you’re interested in joining the Board, please contact QVNA. We’d love to talk with you about QVNA, what’s it’s like to serve as a Director, and answer your questions.
To be a candidate for the Board, you must:
- Be a resident of Queen Village,
- Be 18 or older, and
- Have attended two QVNA-sponsored meetings between Jan 1 and Oct 28, 2018.
What is a QVNA-sponsored meeting? All General, Board, Zoning or other QVNA Committee Meetings are QVNA-sponsored. Meeting attendance is proven by each meeting’s sign-in sheets, which are kept at QVNA’s office. If you have not yet attended the two-meeting minimum, there’s still time. All upcoming QVNA-sponsored meetings are listed on the Events Calendar.
Interested? Call or text QVNA at 215-339-0975, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.