John Westrum CEO of Westrum Development, and Kevin Gillen, an economist affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, were wondering about something pertaining to Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement.
What would the net fiscal impact be of a newly constructed residential development that was built under the abatement?
The abatement gives buyers of a new residential property a 10-year break on real estate taxes.
The policy has been considered a success. But critics say it siphons revenue away from the city and school district, benefits developers and caters to the rich.
To get an answer, Westrum and Gillen analyzed Westrum’s Brewerytown Square, a development of 144 market-rate townhouses at 31st and West Thompson streets.
Westrum wouldn’t have gone forward with the project without the abatement. It was a fringe area when he started the project and one of the biggest selling points was the tax break.
When Gillen and Westrum drilled down on Brewerytown Square, they concluded that for every $1 abated, the city took in $2 in tax revenue from other sources directly related to the project. It also found that 47 percent of its new owners came from out of the city.
“So, not only did the city get back the $1 that it forewent from the abatement, but it also received an additional $1 in revenue from other sources, due to the economic activity and new residents associated with Brewerytown Square’s development,” said a report on their analysis.
The debate over the abatement is expected to continue during the upcoming budget session and this report will likely play a role.
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The median list price in Philadelphia this week is $279,900.
Demand measured by the Market Action Index is increasing and days-on-market is trending downward.
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As you know the AVI Actual value Initiative affects the value of homes and is the basis for our real estate taxes. GPAR has and is continuing to work with City Council on various pieces of legislation that would protect homeowners from tremendous increases in their real estate taxes.
The link below will show 3 forms for you to distribute to your clients who may need some form of relief of the tax burden:
1. Senior Tax Freeze (filing deadline January 31, 2014) – Your real estate taxes are “frozen” at the 2013 amount. To be eligible, you must be low income (less than $23, 500 in annual income if single; $31,500 if married) and over 65 (or be a widow/widower over 50 whose deceased spouse was over 65).
2. Homestead Exemptions (filing deadline September 13, 2013) – $30,000 is deducted from the assessment from owner-occupied residences. Applications were sent to all homeowners late 2012. You can check to see if you have applied by visiting: http://avicalculator.phila.gov type in your address and under Property Information, verify that “YES” is under Homestead. If “NO” then complete attached form.
3. BRT Appeal – (filing deadline October 7, 2013) – If you believe that the assessment is truly inaccurate as determined by the OPA (office of Property Assessment) you can appeal to the Board of Revision of Taxes. While on appeal, you will pay your real estate taxes at the 2013 rate with no interest and penalty accruing until the BRT rules on your case.
Click on this link to find forms. http://gpar.org/images/uploads/tax_assessment_application_201308291427.pdf
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