Mayor Luke Ravenstahl recently announced the next step in the City’s continued effort to provide residents with one-on-one assistance to help keep their taxes low in light of Allegheny County’s property reassessment. From February 12th through 28th, the City’s Real Estate department employees will visit senior centers to help residents take full advantage of the available property tax relief programs. The schedule, as well as important information and a helpful calculation tool, is available at pittsburghpa.gov/propertytaxassist.
“We will continue to provide one-on-one assistance for property owners, much like we helped thousands of residents successfully fight their appeals,” Ravenstahl said. “If residents need help filling out tax relief forms, or simply want to be certain that they are receiving all of the tax reductions, please call 3-1-1 to schedule an appointment at one of our senior centers. City employees will be happy to talk with you over the phone or meet with you in person.”
After calling the Mayor’s 311 hotline to schedule an appointment at a nearby senior center, residents can ask questions and receive help filling out the Homestead Exemption and Senior Tax Relief forms to ensure maximum benefit. The following senior centers will host meetings at 15-minute intervals from 9 to 11 a.m., with the last meeting ending at 11 a.m.
Residents are required to bring the following information to their appointment:
To qualify for the tax relief programs, residents must meet the following requirements:
Last month, City Council passed Mayor Ravenstahl’s proposed reduced millage rate and tax reduction enhancements to lessen homeowners’ property taxes – the millage rate has been reduced from 10.8 to 7.56 mills; the Homestead Exemption was raised from $10,000 to $15,000; and the Senior Tax Relief was increased from 30 percent to 40 percent. The Mayor also unveiled a user-friendly Property Tax Worksheet to help residents calculate their 2013 property tax bill.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687