Deadline approaching for homestead exemption


The Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation had an un­event­ful meet­ing last week as City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones-Sanc­hez and of­fi­cials from the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict were un­able to at­tend.

Quinones-Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.) was at­tend­ing late ne­go­ti­ations on June 14, the night Coun­cil agreed to delay by a year May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter’s rev­en­ue-gen­er­at­ing Ac­tu­al Value Ini­ti­at­ive for prop­erty val­ues.

Aides to City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) and state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-170th dist.) en­cour­aged guests to file for a real es­tate tax re­lief homestead ex­emp­tion by the Ju­ly 31 dead­line. Those en­rolling are ex­pec­ted to have their homes as­sessed at a lower rate, res­ult­ing in a dis­count on prop­erty taxes.

Quinones-Sanc­hez, ap­pear­ing on Sat­urday morn­ing at her first Block Cap­tain-Com­munity Lead­er Boot Camp, ex­plained that, for now, homeown­ers should con­tin­ue to ap­ply for the homestead ex­emp­tion. After this Thursday’s Coun­cil ses­sion, the ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess might be pushed back a year.

In oth­er news, Boyle — who op­poses the AVI prop­erty tax idea — is wel­com­ing wo­men to call his of­fice at 215-676-0300 to sched­ule a breast can­cer screen­ing. The Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter mo­bile mam­mo­graphy bus will be parked across the street from his of­fice at 14230 Bustleton Ave. in Somer­ton on Ju­ly 10.

To re­ceive a mam­mo­graphy, wo­men must be age 40 or older; can­not be preg­nant; must not have breast-fed with­in the last nine months; must not have had a breast can­cer dia­gnos­is with­in the last two years; must not have had a mam­mo­gram in 12 months; and must be able to board the bus and stand while be­ing ex­amined.

The Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er, at Cottman and Lawndale av­en­ues. ••


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