Property Taxes: Up in Mt. Airy, Down in Chestnut Hill

The Inquirer's interactive map gives homeowners a glimpse at how their property taxes could look in 2014.

With the city’s Actual Value Initiative still a year away, homeowners in Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy can get a look at what they might be paying in property taxes in 2014 right now, thanks to the Inky and the city controller’s office.

The Inquirer has created an interactive map that projects what the city’s taxes will look like under AVI in 2014, broken down by zip code. The map uses information compiled by the city controller’s office.

You can read their full write-up of the tax breakdown here, and you can play with their interactive map here, but here’s how things shake out for the Northwest, according to the map (which I really suggest you play with):

Zipcode Tax Average, '13 Tax Average '14 Average Percent Change 19118 $5,588 $5,018

10 percent


$2,625 $2,711

3 percent

More on AVI in the Northwest:

  • How Homes Are Being Valued
  • City Council Members Talk AVI
Haviva Goldman February 13, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I think your #'s are backwards. $5588 was in 19118, and $2625 in 19119.
Frank Holmes February 13, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Something is askew here. Mt. Airy is 19119. C-nut Hill is 19118. The chart shows Mt. Airy going down and the Hill going up, contrary to what the headline says. And, seriously, are taxes on the Hill half those of the Mount? I don't think so.
Jon February 14, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Mt. Airy's values vary much more widely. In West Mt. Airy, taxes are equivalent to Chestnut Hill. In East Mt. Airy and areas bordering Germantown, taxes are much lower. Even if the taxes in our area increase slightly, this shows what I have suspected for years. Assessors have been subsidizing the taxes of the boom areas around Center City with the taxes from long established neighborhoods. A citywide reassessment is long overdue, and those who bought $500,000 homes (or higher) in Center City and South Philadelphia but paid taxes as if those homes still were worth $100,000 will now have to pay their fair share.
Alveria February 14, 2013 at 03:36 PM
The headline says taxes are up in Mt. Airy and down in Chestnut Hill. Agree or not, it is consistent with the headline. There was a 10% change (drop) in Chestnut Hill and a 3% change (increase) in Mt. Airy.
pat sirianni February 14, 2013 at 09:16 PM
60 plus years of democrat rule in Philladelphia. you get what you vote for
Frank Holmes February 15, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Alveria... the headline and the chart were changed after the error was pointed out... twice. Here on Patch.com we readers apparently are also proofreaders. Seems to me that if the editor changes a posted article in a way that is germane to comments that have been made that the change should be so noted.
Susan Buchanan February 15, 2013 at 10:29 AM
From my read of the map, the headline and story are accurate.
Carol Ann February 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Mayor Nutter, your county tax assessors office, your state senators, and representatives keep moving the assessment numbers around while giving various groups rebates, refunds, discounts, exemptions, and/or abatements to keep you appeased so, you won't join the PTCC https://www.facebook.com/groups/pataxpayers/
Alveria February 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Frank.....I agree, thanks!
DianaPotterCrawford February 19, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I think it would be so much more helpful if you included all of Mt. Airy, not just the areas closest to Lincoln Drive. Parts of Mt. Airy are from Cheltenham Avenue to Lincoln Drive, and from Upsal to Ivy Hill Road. You left out a whole lot of zip codes.
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Carol Ann April 09, 2013 at 05:42 PM
This can work in most any U. S. State. Leaving $13,000,000,000. a year in the pockets of property owners allows everyone to spend that average $300./month [in Pennsylvania, by Homeowners with Commercial Property Owners saving even more, on average] on other things that may be lacking today, when so many homeowners spend less on food, medicine, insurance, auto repairs, home remodeling, vacations, etc. ... in order to come up with that hundreds of dollars a month to pay for the public education of our future generations. At the PTCC (Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition), we say, how is bankrupting your parents, grandparents, your neighbors, and community a legacy you want to leave behind? You can learn more about the Pennsylvania Independence Act (HB/SB76) via facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/groups/pataxpayers/ and/or www.ptcc.us Sincerely,


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