Tax InformationMillage rate for 2010/11: 25.13 milsMillage rate for 2011/12: 25.73 milsMillage rate for 2012/13: 26.27 milsMillage rate for 2013/14: 26.79 milsMillage rate for 2014/15: 26.79 milsMillage rate for 2015/16: 26.79 milsMillage rate for 2016/17: 27.07 milsMillage rate for 2017/18: 27.07 milsMillage rate for 2018/19: 27.07 mils
Real Estate Tax
Real estate tax bills are mailed on or around July 1st. Failure to receive your tax bill does not relieve your obligation of payment. If you do not receive a tax bill, it is your responsibility to contact your elected tax official listed below (See “Local Tax Collection Law” section below).”
The real estate property tax is levied on land and buildings owned by businesses and individuals. The Berks County Assessment Office establishes an assessed value on the property which is the base for the tax levy. The school district Board of Directors adopts an annual budget and a millage rate which is levied against the assessed value of each property. The millage rate divided by 1,000 and multiplied by the assessed value equals the amount of the real estate property tax.
Tax payment due dates:
By August 31 2% discount By October 31 flat amount By December 31 10% penalty
Installment payments are optional, at the flat amount only, with payment due on July 31, September 30, and November 30.
Real estate tax bills not paid by December 31 are turned over to the Berks County Tax Claim Bureau for collection. For more information, please contact their office at 610-478-6625.
Local Tax Collection Law
Act of May 25, 1945, P.L. 1050, No. 394, and all amendments. The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 7. Effect of Failure to Receive a Tax Notice.
Failure to receive notice shall not relieve any taxpayer from the payment of any taxes imposed by any taxing district, and such taxpayer shall be charged with his taxes as though he had received notice.
(Section 7; “Tax Collector’s Manual” Copyright 2007, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, all rights reserved).
Interim Real Estate
Interim real estate tax is levied on assessed property not included in the original July 1 tax mailing. Interim taxes are billed throughout the year for changes in assessed value.
Per Capita Taxes
The per capita tax is levied for every individual 18 years and over who resides in the district. The tax amount is $15 and is split between the district ($10) and the borough/township ($5).
Property Tax ReliefThe Property Tax Relief Act was signed into Pennsylvania law in June 2006. The act provides state gaming revenues to be used to fund property tax relief for homeowners in the form of an assessment reduction on the annual real estate tax bill issued by the school district. In order to be eligible for the property tax relief, property owners must complete an application. School districts must notify you by December 31st if your property is not currently approved for the homestead or farmstead exclusion by sending an application to the property owner. The deadline to file an application is March 1st. The Berks County Assessment Office notifies you of the status of your application or you can click here to access their website: Berks County Assessment Office.
Questions can be addressed to the Berks County Homestead Office at 610-478-6262.Additional information on the Taxpayer Relief Act can be obtained at the following website:Tax Collector Contact Information
Bern Township Jamie Neuin 610-916-8955 Centre Township Beth Showalter 610-916-1839 Centerport Borough Darlene Savage 610-926-2461 Ontelaunee Township Brittney Hadden 610-926-4240, ext. 3 Leesport Borough Jane Lauser 610-926-2069 District contact person Jessica Kramer 610-916-5445