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Taxpayer Relief Act

The real estate tax invoice includes a homestead and farmstead exemption for those eligible properties that submitted the required forms to the county. Basically, properties that are owner-occupied are eligible for this reduction in the taxable assessed value of the property which, in turn, creates a reduced tax invoice.  The amount of the reduction may vary each year.  This reduction in the amount of assessment that is subject to tax is a result of gambling proceeds received by the school district from the state and is subject to change each year based on the amount of revenue generated from gambling and the number of eligible properties in the school district.  Any questions you may have regarding this exemption may be addressed to the Director of Business Operations by email  or by telephone at (717) 225-4731, extension 3019. The Homestead Farmstead Exclusion application and instructions can be found here.  If you believe that your property qualifies for the homestead exemption, you should contact the York County Assessment Office at (717) 771-9232.     

Pursuant to Section 503 of Act 1 of Special Session 1 of 2006, known as the Taxpayer Relief Act (the Act), the Property Tax Relief Fund was created as a way to use gaming revenue to reduce property taxes for homeowners. State law requires the budget secretary to certify the actual balance in the Property Tax Relief Fund by April 15th of each year. The law permits the distribution of property tax relief funds to homeowners only when the Property Tax Relief Fund has a balance of at least $570 million. Under the terms of the law, qualified property ownersª, will see the property tax reduction itemized on their school property tax bills. The amount of property tax relief will vary by school district. The Department of Education will notify each Pennsylvania school district of its property tax reduction allocation no later than May 1, as Act 1 requires.

Source: PA Department of Revenue