End the Fear: New AVI Information and Outreach Sessions Announced

Another day, another Actual Value Initiative panic attack. But fear not: Here’s a list of the latest drop-in outreach sessions and, as an added bonus for those who prefer not to leave their under- or overassessed homes, two telephone town halls. The sessions are described as offering one-on-one time with city staff members to have questions answered, including how to apply for the Homestead Exemption and how to apply for an appeal if you disagree with the assessment you got in the mail. IMPORTANT: Deadline for an appeal–called a First Level Review–is due by March 31st or 30 days after receipt of the Property Assessment Notice. Do not miss this deadline and complain later.

From the City of Philadelphia News and Alerts blog:

Monday, March 25, 6pm-8pm – Overbrook Library, 7422 Haverford Avenue
Tuesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm – St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 1000 Wallace Street
Tuesday, March 26, 6pm-9pm – Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2nd Street
Wednesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm – Holy Spirit School, 1845 Hartranft Street
Wednesday, March 27, 6pm-9pm – Protestant Homes, 6500 Tabor Avenue

Please note the change in location and time to previous events. Additional dates and locations may be added.

Telephone town halls:
Wednesday, March 27, 6:55pm-7:55pm
Thursday, March 28, 6:55pm-7:55pm

Pre-register for the town hall by logging on to www.phila.gov or by calling 215-686-9200. Individuals who pre-register will receive a call from the town hall when the session begins. Residents can also join the town hall without pre-registering by calling 1-877-229-8943 and using the ID code 111479 during the town hall session.

The first telephone town hall was held on March 11. Nearly 15,000 residents participated in the call with 32 questions asked during the call and more than 100 messages left after the call ended.

For more information about AVI, property owners can call the Office of Property Assessment hotline at 215-686-9200 or go online towww.phila.gov/opa.

City of Philadelphia to Host AVI Outreach Sessions