SOSNA held our first general meeting of 2021 on Tuesday, March 30 via ZOOM. The topic was preservation and hosted a few guests including Vicki Riley from the Department of Revenue, Brandon Washington the founder of "1901" co-work space and Patrick Grossi from the Preservation Alliance.
You can watch the recording of the meeting on Facebook or download the recording.
Vicki Riley provided us an overview of assistance programs available to residents for their 2021 Real Estate Tax Bill and water bills.
Real Estate Tax Assistance Programs
**real estate taxes are due March 31!
Homestead Exemption - saves taxpayer up to $629 on real estate taxes (no age of income requirements); application deadline is 9/13
questions? call 215-686-9200
Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze - saves money for senior citizens (65+ years old) who live and own their own home; taxes are frozen
Owner-Occupied Payment Agreement (OOPA) - residents who own and occupy their homes can make monthly payments on back taxes; must provide proof of income and residency
Real Estate Tax Installment Program - residents who own and occupy their homes can make monthly installments; eligibility is based on income; seniors 65+ are eligible regardless of income
Real Estate Tax Credit for Active Duty & National Guard - provides a tax credit for members called to active duty anywhere outside Philadelphia
Water Bill Assistance Programs
Philadelphia Water Department Water Bill Customer Assistance Programs - for anyone having trouble paying their water bill should apply for help. Assistance programs are designed to help PWD customers who are:
low income (tiered assistance program)
seniors (25% water bill discount)