Quite some time has passed since I last posted the highest and lowest tax rates in Delaware County. With the county tax rate for the calendar year remaining unchanged at 56.04 mills these rates reflect the tax year 2017 – 2018 with new municipal and school tax rates to be announced sometime in the Spring.
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 $7,581 in Colwyn Boro on the high end of the scale, and a home in Thornbury Township assessed at the same value would pay a total tax bill of $2,081 on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Nether Providence has a total millage of 55.0 and Swarthmore’s total rate is 55.93.
If you are interested in the lowest tax base in Delaware County, take a look at Thornbury Township. Their total millage amounts to 20.81
The total tax obligation is composed of three components:
– Delaware County Taxes – all Delaware County communities pay the same 56.04 millage rate
– School Taxes – the largest component of the tax structure
– Municipal Taxes – each community levies a local municipal tax – except in Thornbury Twp
Note: WSSD #1 = Swarthmore Boro and Rutledge Boro WSSD#2 = Nether Providence Twp and Rose Valley Boro
William Penn School District does hold the distinction of having the highest school taxes in the area. William Penn school tax millage is 296% higher than the West Chester District.
Thornbury Township residents, where students attend the West Chester schools, have the lowest school in Delaware County at 15.2 mills and also has the lowest total tax millage rate at 20.81 – they have no municipal tax levy.
Milbourne Boro has the distinction of having the highest municipal tax burden.
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