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Eric, Both Buyer and Seller in Philadelphia, PA

I bought a house in 19134 which was mistakenly appraised as a lot and taxes were 30 dollars. After my

Asked by Eric, Philadelphia, PA Sun Feb 22, 2009

purchase, i called and had it assesed properly. My taxes are now $1,300, the rest of the block is $250-450, and my house is no bigger than the others. The city has been unhelpful in correcting this, do i have any other options?

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Eric, when the city assesses homes it is only for a portion of the actual market value. Therefore, it is tough to get them to respond to your pleas because they will say to you: "well, have we assessed your home for more than you can sell it for?". Your answer will probably be "no", and that will be the end of the conversation. I have tried, as you have, to appeal assessments in Phila., but it is to no avail. They always come back to the same thing: "be glad you are not assessed for the actual amount of the value".

As for Steve W's reponse, typically, the homes with the lowest taxes also have the lowest values. They are also in neighborhoods, generally, which are deteriorating. Often, people who live there wish that they could move out but they are financially unable. Also, I may be wrong, but I don't think the city owns the transportation system.


Carol Cei
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Eric, when the city assesses homes it is only for a portion of the actual market value. Therefore, it is tough to get them to respond to your pleas because they will say to you: "well, have we assessed your home for more than you can sell it for?". Your answer will probably be "no", and that will be the end of the conversation. I have tried, as you have, to appeal assessments in Phila., but it is to no avail. They always come back to the same thing: "be glad you are not assessed for the actual amount of the value".

As for Steve W's reponse, typically, the homes with the lowest taxes also have the lowest values. They are also in neighborhoods, generally, which are deteriorating. Often, people who live there wish that they could move out but they are financially unable. Also, I may be wrong, but I don't think the city owns the transportation system.


Carol Cei
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No good deed goes unpunished comes to mind.

I think they should reassess all of Philadelphia. Add $100 of tax to every home in the city. That would end many of the financial problems of the city and the school districts. I think it is pathetic that the RE tax is so low on so many city homes. I know there are many row homes with only $200 - $300 per year tax..And that includes the school tax??? No wonder the city, school district and transportation system are in such bad shape.

Good Luck dealing with City of Brotherly Love.
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