Councilman Henon speaks with constituents
during his Property Tax Call-a-Thon.
September 10, 2014 – (Philadelphia) Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District) hosted a ‘Property Tax Call-a-Thon’ Tuesday to process constituent applications for the City of Philadelphia Homestead Exemption.
Calls went out to the nearly 5,000 eligible property owners in the 6th District who had yet to apply. Applications must be received by September 13 in order to qualify for the exemption.
“People are busy and sometimes miss chances to apply for programs like Homestead that can offer significant tax savings,” Councilman Henon said. “I wanted to make sure my office reached as many people as we could before the deadline to help lower their property tax burden.”
Applicants spoke with members of Councilman Henon’s staff who answered questions and processed applications over the phone. Final decisions on applications will be made by the Office of Property Assessment and will be made available in the coming weeks.
With recent changes to how properties are valued in Philadelphia for tax purposes, known as the Actual Value Initiative (or AVI), many residents saw their property tax burden rise significantly. The Homestead Exemption was created to help offset that rise for eligible property owners.
Residents do not need to re-apply annually for the Homestead Exemption. It will only be removed from a property if a deed changes in any way. In addition, starting FY2015, properties with 10-year residential abatements are no longer eligible to receive the Homestead Exemption.