PHILADELPHIA—At the City Council session on Thursday,Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill toextend access to the city's Longtime Owner OccupantsProgram to people who live in government-subsidizedhousing.

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The program, which limits annual property tax for qualifiedhomeowners, is unavailable to owners who've already received a taxabatement of some kind, according to PlanPhilly.

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“The bill I introduced today amends the Longtime Owner OccupantsProgram, and it will allow individuals who live in affordablehouses, and who have received some type of abatement, to beincluded for the actual tax relief under the LOOP program,” Johnsonsays.

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“Right now, individuals who live in affordablehousing—obviously, they don't have a certain amount of income,their taxes may have tripled, and currently they don't qualify forthe tax relief under LOOP because they have had some type ofabatement in the past,” he says. "But also, they're in some type ofa Catch 22, because they can't sell their homes because of a deedrestriction, so the legislation that we introduced today will allowthem to have the opportunity to participate in LOOP.”

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Also at the Council session, Councilmembers MarkSquilla and Darrell Clarke introducedbills remapping portions of Center City and North Philadelphia. Seestory at PlanPhilly.

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