The ABC’s of Property Taxes
Dan Seaman and his staff are ready to assist you in the Assessment office.
In 2013, Lebanon County underwent a court-ordered reassessment. For up to date information, please visit the County web page. http://www.lebcounty.org/Assessment/Pages/ReAssessment.aspx With the code that comes with your county real estate tax, you can view your assessment records on line. Using your assessment, you can figure what your house might sell for on the real estate market. The technical term is Common Level Ratio.
Assessment appeals are not to appeal your taxes, but to appeal the assessed value of your home or business. If you feel your assessment is too high, appeals can be filed by September 1 of each year in the Assessment Office at the Municipal Building. Successful appeals before the County Commissioners compare lot size, age, square footage of buildings and quality of construction with other buildings and properties in the neighborhood. Pictures are helpful.
We try to make taxpayers feel at ease. You can represent yourself by researching and making a list using the books and computer in the assessment office at the Municipal Building or by hiring an appraiser to value your home based upon comparable sales in the neighborhood. However, if you are unable to attend in person, since this is a hearing that can be appealed to the Court of Common Pleas, only an attorney can legally represent you.
Also, IF you choose to get a professional appraisal, so our staff can review the figures and references, be sure to submit the appraisal at least ten days before your hearing.
PS: The Earned Income Tax Bureau does not fall under the supervision of the county commissioners. Rather, the Lebanon EIT Bureau board of directors is comprised of two school board members from each of Lebanon County’s School Districts: Annville Cleona, Cornwall Lebanon, Easter Lebanon, Lebanon, Palmyra, and Northern Lebanon. Likewise, tax collected by the Lebanon EIT Bureau supports public schools, not the County of Lebanon.
–Currently, no one is penalized with back taxes for unobtained building permits, but if you or a previous owner added items like an enclosed porch or central air conditioning, your assessment will be brought into line with your neighbors. This helps to ensure tax fairness between new and old buildings. An improvement value must total $250 or more before a change is registered. Also, any square footage errors are corrected. Measurements are on the outside of buildings. Demolition of a building is always removed after the assessment office is notified. For your information, an Interim Tax Billing is done in September for new houses, additions and improvements.
–Market & economy fluctuates. The value in 6 months may be higher or lower. The law allows a 15% fluctuation window.
Even after a reassessment, there is no guarantee to fall within the 15% window.
2nd Bill August School Tax School millage 143 (.001*20,000*71.5) = $1430.00Total Yearly Property Taxes $1704.70**
Lebanon County is 363 square miles consisting of 53,000 households. The current estimated population is 130,000. Some Larger taxpayers by assessed property value:
TaxpayerType of Business 1999 Assessed Value