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AVI – Update: “LOOP” – Application Deadline Now Feb 17

Extended LOOP Deadline; Installment Tax Payments The City has extended the deadline to submit LOOP (gentrification protection) applications by a month, to February 17. In addition, the state has just made it legal for the City to allow payment of property tax bills in installments. When the City decides how to do that, we will […]

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Property Tax Appeal Info at September NLNA General Meeting – Thurs, Sept 26

  Thursday, September 26, 7pm St. Michael’s Church, 4th & Fairmount Property Tax appeals are due in to the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT) by October 7. This is separate, and more official, than the earlier “first level review request” that homeowners might have filed with the OPA (Office of Property Assessment). You can […]

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NLNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES – Meeting of July 1, 2013

  PRESENT: Matt Ruben, President; Don Phillips, Vice-President; Steve Richman, Treasurer; Rick Angeli; Michael Coyne; Larry Freedman; Lystra A. Harris; Katrina Mansfield; Frank Robertson; Chris Somers; Anne Waginger; Logan Welde (late); Sharon Richman; Monika Kreide The meeting was called to order by the President at 7:08 p.m. Lystra Harris volunteered to take the meeting minutes […]

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AVI: What Is Gentrification Protection, and How Does It Work?

  City Council’s recently passed AVI legislation includes a “Gentrification Protection” provision. (We’ll explain other aspects of AVI in future emails.) WHO DOES IT PROTECT? Long-term homeowners (details below). WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY DO? Instead of taxing your property based on your full new AVI assessment, it taxes your property based on an assessment that’s […]

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June NLNA Neighborhood Meeting TONIGHT (Thurs, June 27)

  7pm at the Northern Liberties Community Center (3rd & Fairmount)  Join us for the final NLNA General Membership Meeting until the fall.  On the agenda: AVI: Get the latest info and details on Gentrification Protection and other homeowner protections. Special Election: Vote to fill two vacant board seats. Details from the NLNA Election Committee […]

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Council AVI Bills Clear Committee – 1.34% tax rate, gentrification protectio, deferrals…

  The Daily News reports that two AVI bills have passed through committee and are expected to be passed by the full Council. The first bill sets the property tax rate at 1.34%, including a $30,000 Homestead Exemption, and some form of Gentrification Protection (tax cap) for long-term residents. Comment: The Mayor had proposed 1.32%. The […]

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Board Election and General Membership Meeting – Thursday May 23

  7pm at the Northern Liberties Community Center (3rd & Fairmount Join us for the annual NLNA Board of Directors Election, as well as: Updates on AVI Info about the 2013 Northern Liberties farmer’s market and farm share The latest on upcoming improvements to the Spring Garden underpass   Details on the Election can be […]

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Final Public AVI Hearings April 22-23. Plus Possible Tax-Relief Bill for Long-Time Residents

  City Council is concluding its 2014 budget hearings – and AVI is a major issue The last two public hearings are: Monday, April 22, location TBA, 6PM-8PM Tuesday April 23, City Hall Room 400, 6PM-8PM The hearing schedule, including any updates, can be found by clicking here. You do not have to sign up ahead […]

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AVI First-level Review Deadline Imminent – March 31

  AVI First-Level Review – Filing Deadline March 31 If you feel your new property assessment is wrong, you have until March 31 to file a “first-level review” request with the City’s Office of Property Assessment. Because March 31 is a Sunday, OPA has said they will accept forms on April 1. The form came in […]

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Summary of the AVI Meeting on March 14 – Deadlines Are Approaching…

  Last week’s special community meeting on AVI was extremely well-attended and included a lot of valuable information, and powerful commentary by neighbors. A full set of minutes for the meeting is up on the NLNA web site at nlna.org. Here is a summary of some key points and info links: Links: City Office of […]

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Full Minutes from the NLNA Special Actual Value Initiative (AVI) Meeting on March 14

  St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, Thursday, March 14, 2013 Matt Ruben, President of the NLNA, called the meeting to order at approximately 7:15 p.m. Matt made an opening statement about the meeting’s purpose and procedure. The purpose was to have the voices of community members heard, and for information to be obtained. The procedure […]

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AVI Meetings & Drop-in Sessions

  AVI meetings are happening throughout the city. Here’s a list, taken from the city Office of Property Assessment’s news web page. At that page you also can register for free, toll-free, “tele-sessions” that will be conducted by phone. Thursday, March 21: E. Montgomery Ave – 7pm at the Fishtown Rec Center 4101 N. American […]

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New City Assessments Starting Feb 15 – See how to find your new assesment on-line…

  City Beginning to Release 2014 AVI Values   Starting February 15, the City is mailing out new property assessments. Your new assessment will be the basis for your property tax bill for next year, 2014. OPA Property Search  The information also will be posted online at the web site of the Office of Property […]

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AVI: Is Your Assessment Fair?

  New Analysis Finds Possible Inaccuracies A report on Philly.com today says some new property tax assessments may not be accurate. Click here for the story.

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New “License to Inspect” Tool Lets You Easily Look Up Permits & Info

PlanPhilly.com and Philly-based firm Azavea have created a new online tool that makes it easy to monitor construction, demolition, and code violations in the city. The tool, called License to Inspect, enables users quickly to search, display, sort, and save data collected by the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections. So check it out by […]

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NLNA General Meeting TONIGHT! – Thursday, Feb 28

  Join us for the February NLNA General Membership meeting. 7pm at the Northern Liberties Community Center – 3rd & Fairmount – as always! This Month’s Agenda Streets Dept. on Laurel St. direction-change proposal DRWC on Spring Garden Underpass project resuming Water Department on flood control measures AVI update and special-meeting preview It’ll be an […]

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Meet the City Controller And Discuss Property Tax Update at the NLNA General Meeting – Thurs, Jan 24

  7pm at the Northern Liberties Community Center (3rd & Fairmount). This month’s agenda: Get a briefing from the NLNA on the latest new property tax information.  Meet City Controller Alan Butkovitz – the City’s “watchdog” officer. Ask him about property taxes, the City’s budget and expenses, tax collections, pretty much any financial or policy […]

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Homestead Exemption: Get It In Now – Even if your home is tax-abated

  Our City will have a new property tax system for 2014 – and the Homestead Exemption is likely to be part of it. In short, the Homestead Exemption makes part of your home’s value exempt from property taxes – but you have to submit a form in order to qualify. You can download the […]

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What You Need to Know about Property Tax Changes and more at the Neighborhood Meeting Thurs, October 25th

  City Official Featured Guest at NLNA October General Meeting Mark your calendar: Thur, Oct. 25th, 7pm – the NLNA October General Membership meeting at the NL Community Center (NW corner 3rd & Fairmount). A representative from the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment will be on hand to brief us about important upcoming changes to […]

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NLNA General Meeting And Free Performance at Liberty Lands September 27

Join us for the first general membership meeting of the fall, next Thursday at the NL Community Center, NW corner of 3rd & Fairmount. Get updates on: Property Tax Changes Finnigan’s Wake The New Zoning Code and Waterfront Planning Spring Garden Improvements Clean Energy Options And more! And if you’re around before the meeting, the […]

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Articles of Interest on Taxes and Major New Development

        Check out these links for information on new, large waterfront development proposals, and Philly’s tax situation: “Exempt Sites Complicate Tax Fixes” (Philly.com) Music Venue and More, Canal Street (PlanPhilly.com) 1400-unit proposal for Delaware and Callowhill (Philly Real Estate Blog)

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New Phila Zoning Code In Effect

  New Zoning Categories And Rules On August 22, the new Zoning Code of Philadelphia went into effect. Get all the info, including zoning maps and more, at the web site of the Zoning Code Commission – click HERE. Key points: New code streamlines zoning, makes it clearer, and better accommodates 21st century property uses. […]

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Workshops on Zoning Code & AVI – July 26 and 31

  Our good friends at South Kensington Community Partners, and Concilio are holding a free session on the Actual Value Initiative for property taxes. Thursday July 26, 6:30-8:00PM, at Concilio, 705 Franklin St. (between Fairmount & Brown). Information is at the SKCP web site – click here. Then, the Citizen’s Planning Institute – a project of the city’s […]

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Updates on Piazza Incident, Finnigan’s Wake, & Property Taxes from June General Membership Meeting

  It was a packed house at last Thursday’s NLNA General Membership Meeting. Erika Goldberg was elected to fill a vacant board seat. Ellen Mogell of Honey’s Sit-n-Eat received the NLNA’s Community Service Award. Updates on issues discussed at the meeting: Property Taxes. On June 28, City Council voted for final passage of legislation delaying AVI […]

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Property Tax – Major Developments, and Your Action Needed

Last week City Council voted to delay the implementation of AVI (the Actual Value Initiative). Opinion in NL is not unanimous, but based on the views of a clear majority of residents we’ve heard from, this is a major victory. But the Nutter administration is still pushing to undo this arrangement and get AVI implemented […]

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