Who Can Apply for Property Tax Relief?
District residents who live in owner occupied properties can apply for property tax relief. Relief is not applicable for properties used solely for rental or business purposes.
How does property tax relief work for “mixed use” properties?
For properties that contain both residential and non-residential portions, the part of the property occupied by the owner may qualify. The Homestead value for these properties will be the amount of the property that is equal to the portion of the dwelling that is used as the domicile of the owner. You are eligible to apply providing you indicate what percentage of the property is used solely as your residence in question number 10 on the Homestead/Farmstead Application.
Why Is It Necessary to Apply?
Property tax relief for owners of homesteads or farmsteads will not come automatically. The owners must apply to have their property designated as homesteads or farmsteads - and be approved - in order to qualify.
How and When Must Property Owners Apply?
The school district is required to send all potentially eligible district residents an application along with instructions and a notice of the submission deadline. Open enrollment for Homestead/Farmstead will occur every December 15 through March 1 of the following year.
How Will Property Owners Know When Applications Are Approved?
The county Homestead Office will mail a notice indicating whether or not the application has been approved.
Is There a Fee to Apply?
No, there is no fee for the filing or review of the application.
If an Application Is Denied, Is It Possible to Appeal?
Yes. Property owners who disagree with the decision of the assessor may appeal to the board for a review of the decision. Appeal must pertain to application filing, deadlines, reapplication or the definition of a property as “homestead property” or “farmstead property.” Appeal instructions will be provided with the denial notice.
How Exactly Will the Reductions Work On Tax Statements?
All eligible and qualified property owners in the district will receive a credit known as a homestead/farmstead exclusion. The exclusion will show up on a tax bill as a separate line item under the original assessed value of the property. The exclusion will then be subtracted from the original value to produce a new net assessment. To compute taxes due, the district millage, or tax rate, will be applied to the new, reduced value of a property. Therefore, the actual property tax reduction will be the difference between the tax rate applied to the new reduced assessment and the tax rate applied to the unreduced assessment.
Will it be necessary to re-apply for a homestead/farmstead every year?
No. The county assessor cannot require previously-approved property owners to re-apply more than once every 3 years. It will be up to each individual county to establish rules for re-application. Residents who move will have to re-apply to have new homesteads or farmsteads qualify for property tax reduction.
What Is the Name and Contact of the Chester County Homestead Office?
Chester County Assessment-Homestead Office, 313 W. Market St., Suite 4202, P.O. Box 2748, West Chester, PA 19380-0991.
Who is the district contact for more information?
- Avon Grove: 610-869-2441
- Coatesville: 610-466-2400, ext. 82449
- Downingtown: 610-269-8460
- Great Valley: 610-889-2125, ext. 2140
- Kennett: 610-444-6605
- Octorara: 610-593-8238, ext. 3545
- Owen J Roberts: 610-469-5189
- Oxford: 610-932-6612
- Phoenixville: 484-927-5028
- Tredyffrin-Easttown: 610-240-1940
- Unionville: 610-347-0970, ext. 3321
- West Chester: 484-266-1034
- Twin Valley: 610-286-8632
- Spring-ford: 610-705-6204