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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

School Tax ‘Homestead Exemption’ Forms Sent

Potter County homeowners can qualify for a reduction in their school district real estate taxes next year if they file the required application by March 1, 2009. School districts throughout the county must send Homestead Exemption forms to all qualified property owners by Dec. 31. To qualify, a homeowner must fill out the form and return it to the Potter County Assessment Office (Courthouse, Room 10, Coudersport PA 16915) by March

Tax exemptions vary by school district; the average reduction in Potter County for 2008 was approximately $200.

These exemptions apply only to owner-occupied residents. Rental units, unoccupied homes and other real estate do not qualify.

Officials report that homeowners who filed for the Homestead Exemption in 2004-05 should have received a new application for the 2009 tax year.

Anyone with questions about the Homestead Exemption program should contact his or her school district, or contact the Potter County Assessment Office at 274-0488.

The Homestead Exemption program is not to be confused with Pennsylvania’s Rent/Tax Rebate Program, which has a Dec. 31 application deadline (see story below).

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Anyone with questions about the Homestead Exemption program should contact his or her school district, or contact the Potter County Assessment Office at 274-0488"

I don't know why it says to call your school district but you need to call the Assessment office not the school. there number is on the back of the form.

Anonymous said...

Yea.. the school had no clue when I called today.. NOT A HUGE SURPRISE ..

Anonymous said...

Uhm . . . your school district BETTER have a clue since each district by law had to send out the notice no later than today, Dec. 31. The people at the county assessment office are helpful but the schools had to do the notifying. Maybe try the school superintendant business office if the secretary you called was clueless? Of course, they are probly off duty all this week and last week enjoying a big long break and spending thier 75 or 80 thousand dollar salaries.

Anonymous said...

The super had no clue

Anonymous said...

Call the county office, the schools are not the tax office most schools including the business office dont have anymore information than what the form states.

Anonymous said...

The school liason that handles the exemptions should be listed on the notice.
The contact for the Port Allegany School District is:
Judith Bodamer
642-2596
But good luck, the school is closed until next week...