Notice: State College Area School District Real Estate Tax Bills will be mailed by July 16, 2012
Due Dates for payment of the school real estate tax bills are as follows:
Discount: September 17, 2012
Face: September 18, 2012 to November 16, 2012
Penalty: November 17, 2012 to December 31, 2012
Installment Payment Plan Due Dates:
Initial Payment: On or before August 16, 2012
Second Payment: On or before October 16, 2012
Third Payment: On or before December 17, 2012
State College Area School District Property Owners - Important Update 2012 Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion and Installment Payment Plans
Who is affected by the homestead/farmstead exclusion? All property owners residing in the State College Area School District. This applies to school district property taxes only. Please check with your municipality to see if there is an exemption for municipal taxes.
What is a homestead/farmstead exclusion? Act 1 of 2006, also known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, provides district residents with an opportunity for real estate tax relief through a homestead/farmstead exclusion. Funded by gambling revenues provided by the state, the district will exclude from real estate taxation a uniform dollar amount of the assessed value of homestead and farmstead properties that have been approved.
What is an approved homestead/farmstead property? Taxpayers must apply for approval by completing and submitting an application to the Centre County Board of Assessment. An approved homestead/farmstead property, therefore, is a taxpayer's primary residence that has been granted homestead/farmstead status by the Centre County Board of Assessment based on the application submitted. Please note that an individual cannot have more than one primary residence at any time.
If I have a homestead and/or farmstead but have not applied for an exclusion, how do I apply? Applications are available at the Centre County Assessment Office during normal working hours. Anyone interested in completing an application can contact the office and request an application or visit
Telephone: (814) 355-6721
If I apply now, will my 2012 tax bill be adjusted to reflect the homestead/farmstead exclusion and reduction in taxes? The deadline for filing a completed application that would reduce your 2011 school district property tax bill was March 1, 2012. A taxpayer may contact the Centre County Tax Assessment Office at any time to obtain an application. For applications submitted after the deadline, the reduction will be effective for the following tax year, in this case 2013. As required by Act 1 of 2006, the district sends the required notices to eligible property owners by December 31st each year.
Do I have any responsibilities under the homestead and/or farmstead exclusion? Once you have received official notification that your application has been approved, you must notify the Assessment Office if the use of your property changes to an unqualified property. For example, if you rent your home, rent a portion of your home, or elect to use an area of the dwelling for commercial purposes, your approved exclusion may be lost or pro-rated for partial use of the dwelling. Any change of use must be reported to the Centre County Assessment Office within 45 days. Also, remember that a change in ownership requires the new owners to complete and submit an application to the Assessment Office in order to have the primary residence approved for a homestead/farmstead exclusion. The homestead/farmstead exclusion does not automatically transfer if a property is sold. New owners should contact the Assessment Office after their closing to begin their application process.
How is the homestead/farmstead exclusion calculated? The amount of the homestead/farmstead exclusion is calculated by dividing the total gaming funds received by the number of approved homesteads/farmsteads certified by the Centre County Board of Assessment. The amount of the exclusion has the potential of varying each year based upon the amount of gaming funds provided to the district and the number of approved homesteads/farmsteads located in the district.
Why do I have to forfeit my discount, if I pay using the installment payment plan? Due to the increased amount of record keeping required to authorize and administer a payment plan, the legislation in Act 1 of 2006 determined that school districts entering into installment payment plans were to eliminate the discount on payment plan participants.
What if my taxes are escrowed? Although the installment method is available for escrowed properties that are homestead and/or farmstead approved, we have received survey responses indicating that the escrow companies intend to remit the full tax due before the end of the discount period to qualify for payment at discount. We expect escrow companies to follow the same payment procedures used in prior years. Please consult with your escrow company to confirm its intentions to pay at discount. If applicable, a copy of your tax notice was provided to your escrow agent on your behalf. An escrow mailing will be noted on the face of the enclosed tax notice. If your escrow agent will be paying your tax notice, please retain the enclosed tax notice for your records and allow the escrow agent to remit payment of the tax due. If no escrow comment appears on your tax notice but your taxes are escrowed, it is the taxpayer's responsibility to forward the tax notice to them for payment. To streamline this process in future years, please ask your escrow agent to request in writing your tax notice from the tax office. This will ensure that a copy of your tax notice is automatically forwarded for payment on your behalf.
Can I make payments on my county, township, and school district bills? At this time, the only taxing body that has authorized installment payments for its regular annual tax notice is the
Can I pay by ACH or credit cards?
At this time, the local tax offices are not able to offer these types of payment options for school district real estate taxes. Please check back with the tax office at a later date to determine whether payment options have been expanded as an increased level of customer service.
Last Modified on July 24, 2012