A city contractor on Monday began tearing down a Frankford home that was heavily damaged in a 2013 fire.
If you’re appealing that property assessment with the Board of Revision of Taxes, you might not have to wait for a hearing. You might be able to make a deal over the phone.
A Bustleton resident is one of those city taxpayers who, on one hand, won, and on the other, lost.
Marvin Lewis was one of the lucky ones, or, so he thought. The Fairfield Street resident in November was informed that the assessment on his home would be knocked down almost $14,000.
The Office of Property Assessment by Dec. 9 had mailed out 46,304 answers to owners who asked the agency to review the new market values assigned to their properties this year. The agency refused to change those numbers for 39,483, said Michael Piper, OPA’s deputy chief assessment officer.
The Board of Revision of Taxes has sent out a couple of thousand letters to property owners who are appealing their new assessments, advising them their 2014 taxes will actually be lower than they are this year. Given that fact, the BRT asks the letter’s recipients if they would consider withdrawing their assessment appeals.
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke is urging longtime owner-occupants to check their eligibility and apply for relief designed to protect them against property tax bill hikes driven by dramatic increases in surrounding property values.
On Monday, Chris Artur got a letter from the Board of Revision of Taxes that made him laugh.