Last week Tuesday WHYY's Peter Crimmins had a story about a new mapping tool that layerseconomic, artistic, and demographic information for neighborhoods through the city of Philadelphia. One irate business owner wrote to us to complain that some of the data available about his organization was incorrect. We have some information on how cultural leaders can ensure their data is correct.
Is the FEMA advisory building height for the Jersey Shore flood zone based on sea level or ground level? asks a NewsWorks reader, noting that North Wildwood is five feet above sea level. WHYY'sTracey Samuelson has an answer.
A NewsWorks reader wrote in with a question after reading our recent story on thestate of the U.S. Senate's plan on immigration reform: "What are the different steps for the immigration talks to become law. In how many weeks, months or years from now will an undocumented alien be allowed to apply?"
Just a couple of months ago, a building at the corner of Philadelphia’s Seventh and Bainbridge streets sold for $950,000. The city assessed it for tax purposes at $545,600. Several blocks away, a home on Morris Street sold for $100,000 in September 2012. But guess what the city assessed it at? $202,700.
You won’t know for sure if your property tax bill is going up next year until Philadelphia's City Council passes a budget. The drop-dead deadline for that is June 30.
But you can make a reasonable guess once you get your new assessment under the Actual Value Initiative in the mail. And those notices begin going out in mid-February.
Taxipedia is answering people's questions about Philadelphia's property reassessment. First up: How do property owners appeal their new assessments?
If you think the city of Philadelphia got its new assessment of your house or business wrong, here’s what to do first:
Eric loves living in South Philly and is very happy to be working in public media again as a NewsWorks web producer. Before moving to Philadelphia, he spent some time on the “dark side” producing web content at MTV Networks in New York. Eric did some freelance work for WNYC, but prior to that he lived in Minneapolis and produced websites and email newsletters for many of Minnesota Public Radio’s programs. Highlights from that time include meetings with a barefoot Garrison Keillor in his office, biking around the beautiful lakes of Minneapolis, and eating plenty of cheese curds, corn dogs and pronto pups at the Minnesota State Fair every year. Eric is originally from Michigan and wears his Detroit Tigers cap with pride.