WITH JUST A little more than two months left for Philadelphia homeowners to turn in their homestead applications, City Council is concerned that hundreds of thousands of eligible applicants - mostly in the city's poorest neighborhoods - may not make the July 31 deadline.
"The worst thing that could happen is we get to the July 31 deadline and we have a significant number of people who have not applied," said Council President Darrell Clarke. "That could be problematic for people in our districts."
Clarke proposed Thursday extending the deadline to Sept. 30. The homestead exemption would lower a home's taxable value by $30,000 under the city's new Actual Value Initiative, but 48 percent of 347,777 eligible homeowners have not applied. (Nutter has proposed a $15,000 homestead.)