Articles by John Loftus

Many values are fair, but there are exceptions

City officials say the Actual Value Initiative’s aim is fairness. The reassessments property owners have been receiving since mid-February are supposed to be what owners would get for their properties if they sold them now.


Property owners can appeal valuations

Every property owner who received a new assessment in the mail last week also got an explanation of how the number was calculated and how that new assessment can be appealed.


Appealing your AVI assessment: what to know

Every property owner who received a new assessment in the mail last week also got an explanation of how the number was derived and how that new assessment can be appealed.For example, a homeowner who was told his or her property is worth $100,000 when most nearby properties have been selling for much less might want to try to get that $100,000 figure lowered.


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Talking taxes

— 10,000 callers deluge City Hall over AVI


Rizzo PAL girl among ‘Honorary Public Officials’ on PAL Day

More than 20 youngsters from the Police Athletic League experienced life in the work place during the annual Lockheed Martin PAL Day at City Hall on Feb. 12.


The River Wards’ tax increases under the AVI

Property owners can expect to get their actual value assessments in the mail this week, and the city’s fiscal watchdog predicted there will plenty of winners and losers when it comes to paying property taxes next year.


Property assessments headed home

Property owners can expect to get their actual value assessments in the mail this week, and the city’s fiscal watchdog predicted there will plenty of winners and losers when it comes to paying property taxes next year.


Apartment fire in Frankford

Firefighters quickly brought a blaze in a three-story Frankford apartment house under control early Feb. 13.


Three resignations at Busleton Civic

Three members of a five-person executive board of the Greater Bustleton Civic League — vice president Harry Haberkern, corresponding secretary Maureen Greene and treasurer Bob Hall — recently resigned, said Jack O’Hara, the league’s president.