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MAYOR NUTTER ANNOUNCES AVI OUTREACH SESSIONS

Sessions will take place in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, March 5, 2013- Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced a series of outreach sessions to help residents understand the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) and how it may affect them. Residents can learn how to apply for the Homestead Exemption, how to read their Assessment Change Notice and how to complete their First-Level Review Request form. Information will also be available on other tax-relief programs. Citizens can “drop-in” while the sessions are operating and meet one-on-one with City staff to learn more about the changes to the tax system.

“My Administration wants each homeowner to understand AVI and have access to necessary resources and information regarding relief measures,” said Mayor Nutter. “We will host drop-in sessions throughout Philadelphia so that all residents will have the opportunity to bring their questions and concerns to knowledgeable City officials.”

Property owners can bring their Assessment Change Notices with them, and trained staff will be able to explain information contained in the document. Tables will be set up to answer questions related to both tax and current relief programs and to provide forms and information on the Homestead Exemption and the First-Level Review.

The City will provide a full list of outreach sessions this week. The first three sessions will be as follows:

March 7th at the American Heritage Federal Credit Union, 2060 Red Lion Road, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
March 7th at the Joseph Coleman Library, 68 West Chelten Avenue, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
March 9th at Saints John Neumann and Marie Goretti Catholic High School, 1736 South 10th Street, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Property owners will also be able to call into two one-hour Telephone Town Hall meetings, where City officials will take questions about the assessment process, the Homestead Exemption, the First-Level Review process, and other questions about the real estate tax changes. These are scheduled for March 11 and March 27. Details on how to participate in the Telephone Town Hall meetings will be provided later this week.

For more information about AVI, property owners can call 215-686-9200 or go online to www.phila.gov/opa.

To view a video on “How to Understand Your Assessment” or “How to Apply for a First-Level Review”, residents should visit Comcast>On Demand>Get Local>Government>Philadelphia>Videos or go online to www.phila.gov. Spanish language versions of these videos are also available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmXgmSHXgnk. Other language versions of the brochures and forms are also available by calling 215 686 9200 or going online.

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