In what may be a surprise to many people, we residents in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District no longer have the distinction of paying the highest tax bills in the area. That priviledge now belongs to the residents of the Ridley School District, specifically Ridley Township which breaks the 51 mill mark, topping out at 51.567 mills.
The millage rate refers to the amount of tax that is paid per thousand dollars of the assessed value of a home. For example a home with an assessment of $100,000 would pay a total tax bill of $5,156.70 in Ridley Township on the high end of the scale of the communities shown, and a home in Marple Township would assessed at the same value would pay a total tax bill of $2,670.39 on the opposite end of the spectrum. A Nether Providence Township home would have a tax obligation of $4,858.50.
For some real shocking news, residents of Colwyn in eastern Delaware County have a total millage rate of 72.560. So a home with the same $100,000 assessment cited above would have a whopping tax bill of $7,256.00! We should not complain.
If you are interested in the lowest tax base in Delaware County, take a look at Thornbury Township. Their total millage amounts to 19.080.
The total tax obligation is composed of three components:
– Delaware County Taxes – all Delaware County communites pay the same 5.30 mills
– School Taxes – the largest component of the tax structure
– Municipal Taxes – each community levies a local municipal tax
Wallingford Swarthmore School District does hold the distinction among local communities with the highest school taxes in the area. WSSD tax millage is 225% higher than the Marple Newtown School District.
Nether Providence and Rose Valleyresidents have a slighty lower millage for school taxes than Swarthmore. Swarthmore and Rutledge residents pay an additional amount for support of Delaware County Community College, bringing their millage up to 39.334.
At the high end, residents of the William Penn School District – the Boroughs of Colwyn, Aldan, Lansdowne, and Yeadon, shoulder a school tax millage rate of 40.060.
Thornbury Township residents, where students attend the West Chester schools, have the lowest school in Delaware County at 19.080 mills.
Ridley Township again takes the local top spot in the municipal tax category at 8.0170 mills. Middletown Township has a very low muncipal millage of 1.6 due to the fact that they have no local police force to support.
Again Thornbury Township is at the low end of the municipal tax spectrum – they pay no municipal taxes. Colwyn residents take the top spot for municipal taxes at 27.200 mills.
Complete Delaware County Tax Rate data is available at:
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