Northeast Times

Among the missing — 8,800 assessments

Some res­id­ents haven’t re­ceived the new 100 per­cent mar­ket valu­ations of their prop­er­ties from the city yet and the dead­line for ask­ing for a re­view of a new as­sess­ment is March 31. However, a spokes­man for May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter said last week that prop­erty own­ers will have a month from re­ceipt of their new as­sess­ments to ask for re­views of num­bers they don’t like.

The city star­ted mail­ing more than a half-mil­lion new as­sess­ments last month, and all were sup­posed to be sent out by March 1, city of­fi­cials have said,

But John McK­eever, former pres­id­ent of the Great­er Bustleton Civic League, said more than 8,800 re­as­sess­ments haven’t been sent. He ar­rived at that num­ber by ana­lyz­ing the city’s on­line re­cords, he said in a March 12 phone in­ter­view.

“There were some thou­sands of prop­er­ties that had an­om­alies of one kind or an­oth­er,” Nut­ter’s spokes­man Mark Mc­Don­ald said in a March 13 e-mail to the North­east Times. “When we star­ted send­ing out as­sess­ment no­tices on Feb. 15, we noted this. Some have yet to be re­solved.”

For ex­ample, there are 10 prop­er­ties on the 1900 block of Con­well Road in Bustleton, McK­eever said, that have no new as­sess­ments lis­ted in the Of­fice of Prop­erty As­sess­ment’s on­line re­cords.

An­oth­er ex­ample is on the 9500 block of Clark St., also in Bustleton. There are no new num­bers for two homes on that block.

The 100 per­cent mar­ket value as­sess­ments will be used in com­put­ing 2014 prop­erty taxes. A tax rate has not yet been set by City Coun­cil.

Along with the new prop­erty val­ues, OPA sent along ma­ter­i­al that ex­plains how own­ers might seek re­views of as­sess­ments they be­lieve are wrong, but all of that is a mys­tery to those who’ve re­ceived noth­ing.

Not to worry, Mc­Don­ald said.

When those people fi­nally get their no­tices, he said, they have 30 days to file re­view re­quests.

“We know who is where on the time scale,” he stated. “It’s no prob­lem.” ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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