As background, the Real Property Assessment Database seems to indicate that Shiloh’s April 2009 tax payments reflect payments according to the mistaken re-classifications of its properties as non-vacant. For example, 1534 9th Street shows a payment on April 4, 2009 of $861.64. By contrast, in April 2008, when the property was properly classified as vacant, the church paid $11,992.25 in taxes. Taken in conjunction with the D.C. North article, this caused concern that the city might not recoup the difference between the vacant and non-vacant rate for the six properties that were subject to the re-classification.
An extremely informative and helpful representative of DCRA reached out to me today and told me that the church will, indeed, be liable as if the re-classification never occurred. I confirmed this by further review of the OTR’s tax assessment database, which shows that the church is currently owes $130,909.75 in taxes for the six properties in question, as broken out in the table below:
Thanks to Councilmember Evans, all folk on the Shaw Yahoo Group Message Board and representatives from the DCRA who responded to the issue. Hopefully Shiloh's seven properties will see new life soon.