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Thursday, February 4, 2010

County, Municipal Tax Bills Sent; 2% Discount Survives

County, Municipal Tax Bills Sent; 2% Discount Survives

taxbillProperty owners throughout Potter County have received some unwelcome mail this week: tax bills. If there’s one small consolation, it’s the continued availability of a two-percent discount for those who pay their taxes before April 30. Some groups have called on the state legislature to eliminate the early-payment deadline, but it has survived for at least another year. On the other hand, those who do not pay their taxes by June 30 are subject to a 10-percent penalty. Bills that were sent last week cover the county and township/borough real estate taxes and the $5.00 county per-capita tax.

School district tax bills will be mailed this summer. Homeowners in Potter County who want to qualify for reduced school taxes have until March 1 to apply for the “homestead exemption,” which requires school districts to cut real estate taxes on owner-occupied homes. In short, if you own the property in which you live, you are likely eligible for the tax reduction. Rental units, unoccupied homes and other real estate do not qualify. Homeowners who were already approved for the homestead exemption for the 2009 school tax year do not have to reapply.

Applications from each Potter County school district can also be downloaded from the Tax Assessment page on county’s website: www.pottercountypa.net. Homeowners can also fill out an application at the Assessment Office, located in the F.W. Gunzburger County Office Building, Coudersport, weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30.

Taxpayers who qualify for the homestead exemption will see a credit on their school district real estate tax bill mailed later this year. School districts are reimbursed the amount of revenue lost through these exemptions from gambling revenues at state-approved slot machine parlors. Homeowners in Potter County are advised to contact their school districts if they have questions. Those with further questions should call the Potter County Assessment Office at 274-0517.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

well lets install more gambling machines......

because honestly most of the ones gamling are the ones on welfare or disability anyway, so the more gamling machines means working people will get some of there money back that they pay in to welfare....

Anonymous said...

That's brilliant 12:05! Talk about coming full circle. Only thing is, Fast Eddie's buddies and others with, shall we say "connections," skim a lot off the top before it comes back to the state from the slot palaces and now the table games. So we lose again.

Anonymous said...

well while we are dreaming 12:29 lets replace Fast eddie too...LOL

it is a great plan thou huh???

one big circle.....the money comes back to where it belongs, in the working people wallets......

Anonymous said...

Kill the 2% "encourage a person to be responsible" discount.

What will they think of next?