Nothing better than a good ole fashioned internet meltdown.
The Office of Property Assessment (OPA) is the City agency charged with establishing real property values which serve as the basis for real estate taxes levied by the City of Philadelphia. On behalf of the OPA, we wanted to let you know that the answers to many frequently asked questions are available here: OPA Website: Help & Information - FAQ Search Service. And we have staff available by phone as well at: 215-686-4334 for General Questions and 215-686-9200 for the Homestead Exemption Hotline.
OPA how do you feel about pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers?
I'm on a fixed income were do I get another few thousand a year? You stinking rats.
This city will become one big no mans land, people will default on mortgages rents will be sky high and Nutter can play the fiddle on billy penn's hat wile the city burns.
This city will have no one but section 8 and drug dealers. After 275 years you will push my family out of the city.
Last edited by CHIOSSO; 10-01-2012 at 03:55 PM.
Moyamensing became known for its penitentiary, violent hose company, cemeteries, wretchedly poor inhabitants, and crime. Harry C. Silcox
It's "definitely" worth $8.9k/year to live next to drug dealers and section 8 housing.
How about we get rid of the OPA instead and save some real money.
Here is the most reasonable approach to implementing AVI I have come across:
Some in gentrified Philadelphia neighborhoods could get tax relief - Philly.com
The notice the OP received is consistent with numerous other assessments which were made in the neighborhood prior to the moratorium. I would suggest long term residents get in touch with Councilman Kenney to see what can be done to ensure that these protections are in place when AVI is implemented.
Keep in mind the story about Vince Fumo's multimillion dollar mansion that had its file "lost" and was significantly underappraised. The legislation would actually have protected him.
Kenney should release the list of properties that would be affected with their before and after valuations and tax liabilities.
Also, the additional irony of wanting new people to move into Philly and at the same time tell them they are the ones that are going to hold more of the tax burden. It's actually a feedback loop to de-incentivize people from moving in.
If this is saying that when you bought your $300,000 house, the improvements (before rehab) were valued at a $40,000 shell, then the most that house will ever be valued at is $120,000, even if you actually paid $400,000 for it at the time -- I can't see how anyone could possibly support such legislation, as it essentially makes the abatements permanent. Meanwhile, someone like me, who bought my house 20 years ago for $120,000 could pay up to $360,000. I don't mind paying taxes on the true value of my home (which probably is about $360,000), but not when people who bought and paid far more expensive houses are not doing the same.
OTOH, if the legislation is meant to keep taxes at three times the pre-improved value, that really just makes the abatements (which benefitted those who could afford $300,000 and $400,000 homes) permanent at the expense of people who could not afford such homes. So, I'd be paying 3x the property taxes of someone with a much newer, nicer home -- someone who has already gotten 10 years of, essentially, tax-free use of that home. Really, there's no other way to see the legislation other than as a gift to the wealthier city residents at the expense of everyone else.
Where is Bob Head? He is far and away my favorite.
Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. -- Will Rogers
It's an unrealized gain until you actually find a buyer who will pay you that amount for your house. Until then it is a fantasy number arrived at by unlicensed appraisers that we as taxpayers pay for, including their benefits and pensions. We should use what we pay for our homes as our cost basis, plus any improvements. The tax rate should be 1%, and only very minor increases should be allowed each year. Very minor. It's an immoral system currently, and will get worse with the AVI.
Let the Patronage Nest Zombies eat each other and die rather than digging into our pocketbooks again, for the third time in as many years.