Resources on AVI

Everyone who owns real estate in Philadelphia seems to be talking about the city’s new property assessments. These assessments are the result of a citywide reassessment process known as the Actual Value Initiative, which is commonly referred to as AVI. Most property owners got notices of their new assessments in the mail in mid-February.

The assessments are the basis for figuring out how much people who own real estate will have to pay in property taxes, beginning in 2014. There are other factors that figure into the property tax bill as well, including the tax rate, which City Council has yet to set.  Council could also enact measures to ease the pain for property owners whose assessments have increased.  

A lot of information is available to help you understand your own assessment and even to compare it to your neighbors’ assessments. The links below will help you find this information quickly or tell you where to call if you still have questions. As City Council begins to publicly debate AVI-related issues this spring, the Committee of Seventy will let you know how you can speak at a Council hearing to share your thoughts about the new assessments.

Find INformation

Visit the city’s official AVI site 

Check your new assessment - and those of your neighbors too - here, with the AVI Calculator 

Need to apply for a homestead exemption? Read about it and apply here.  

Watch a video on AVI  (o vea en español)

Have questions?

Call the city's Office of Property Assessment at 215-686-9200 

Other Sources of AVI News:

WHYY’s “Taxipedia


AxisPhilly, the Temple University Center for Public Interest Journalism’s new news Web site

foreign language guides








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