Volume 18: Issue 15 3/22/19
FIVE TAKEAWAYS REGARDING
PHILLY 2020 TAX ASSESSMENTS
We finally have some definitive information in the overly fluid world of The City of Philadelphia property tax assessments. This information can be found on the Office of Property Assessment’s website. Some of the content is a year or so out of date, but what is current is the “March 2019 Overview of Trending Methodology” This Overview explains that the city will be using the Trending Methodology (TM) of valuing properties for 2020, provides an explanation of TM, and also highlights some practical information. However, many questions remain unanswered.
Here are some of my initial thoughts and some advice:
First, and most importantly, many of you decided not to appeal your 2019 property tax assessment or missed the deadlines and then were remorseful. Great news for you! Mulligan.
You get a chance to appeal this year. If you want to appeal, ideally hit the First Level Review Deadline. If not, do not miss the October final appeal deadline. If you are not sure whether it makes sense to appeal, contact me
and we can discuss the pluses and minuses.
Second, I am still evaluating this report, but it seems as though the main difference between mass appraisal valuation (what the city did so poorly in recent years) and TM, is that TM looks at much fewer factors. It divides our city into large geographic zones (of totally dissimilar neighborhoods and areas) and looks at the most property- basic characteristics available. In other words, look for more uniformity but less accuracy based on nuance and exact specific property characteristics.
Still with me? Good! Third, TM is meant as a short-term evaluation tool, used over a few years to allow an assessment office time to get its sh*t together. Specifically, the report states “
OPA will be implementing a computer-assisted mass appraisal
(CAMA) system while also enhancing the quality of its data and building staff capacity. Once these changes are completed, OPA will resume mass appraisal valuations.
Fourth, the 2020 assessments will be out by March 31, 2019. If your valuation changes, OPA will send you a notice in the mail.
Fifth, so much more here to discuss. Next week I will cover what happens with the ridiculed 2019 assessments, a little more about how TM works with some examples and information on 2020 appeals process.
If you’d like to read the entire report which includes how trending adjustments are applied to sample properties, I’ve uploaded it here
on my blog. And please contact me with any questions or to discuss further. In my book, Philly tax policy is up there with Philly sports, neighborhoods, and restaurants. Suffice it to say, it’s one of my favorite topics to discuss.
Branch Out This Spring
With a goal of becoming “The City of Arborly Love,” Tree Philly
commenced in response to the Office of Sustainability’s ‘Greenworks Plan‘. The program also helps local residents access the resources necessary to plant and care for greenery ongoing. The best part? Each spring and fall, TreePhilly works with community groups across Philadelphia to distribute free yard trees through their Giveaway Program. Learn how to get yours here.
Septa’s Got your Bach
If you hear Johann Sebastian Bach in the subways from now through Sunday 3/24, you’re not imagining things! Talented local musicians are celebrating Bach’s birthday (3/31) by playing his music for all. This awesome and creative public movement is happening all over the country! Get your classical fix during “Bach in the Subways” held at various times and places at select Septa, Patco and Amtrak stations. Visit this link for details. #pubicart #bachinthesubways
To Flea or not to Flea?
We say definitely flea!
Get your $5 ticket for the Liberty Flea Shopping Event here. This one’s at Bok (1901 S 9th St) Saturday, March 23rd (one day only). Explore rare finds from an eclectic mix of merchants from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss vintage frames and glassware from Evening Star Gallery and awesome industrial accents from Retrograde (pictured). More info here.
Taking Care of Business
Mt Airy is one of the hottest neighborhoods right now. It’s bustling with entrepreneurs, artists, innovators, and smart trailblazers. Come meet them and find out more at the 2019 Go Mt. Airy Business Expo
on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (7500 Germantown Ave). This free, annual event is a magnet for businesses and organizations from across Northwest Philadelphia. Learn more and register.
Spotlight Property of the Week
1016 Spruce, #2F –
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Light-filled 1 bedroom plus den/office residence in the desirable Strickland Row Condominium. Spectacular character and volume. 12.5′ ceilings and just refinished original hardwood throughout. Huge open living and dining. Wood burning fireplace with original marble mantle. Ceiling fan. Beautiful original moldings and details. Granite and stainless steel kitchen. Really big bedroom with closet and included wardrobe (and storage above the closet). Bosch Washer and dryer in unit. Huge shared roof deck with heated pool and great city views. Within blocks of Whole Foods, ACME, Center City’s best restaurants, shopping and coffee shops. Not to mention all the hospitals and universities are close – walk, bike, or take public transit.
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