Another list … taxes by borough

Data and lists allow for comparison, identification, contrast and opportunity! Here is the first of several list contrasting categories among the boroughs in Lancaster County. Check back for other lists in the coming days.

Property Tax/School Tax/School Tax Change (2003-2011)

Borough

Municipal Millage (2011)

School Tax Millage, (2010-2011)

School Tax Change (2003-2011)

Columbia

8.00

25.3700

35.5%

Marietta

5.50

20.1690

38.8%

Millersville

5.24

16.4600

12.2%

Elizabethtown

5.00

17.2700

32.9%

Quarryville

4.75

10.5542

27.8%

Christiana

4.50

28.1300

38.6%

Mount Joy

4.20

20.1690

38.8%

Terre Hill

4.20

13.0877

7.7%

Manheim

3.50

16.2500

4.0%

Strasburg

2.93

18.4620

18.0%

Denver

2.75

20.5500

18.4%

East Petersburg

2.657

17.9789

21.6%

Mountville

2.60

17.9789

21.6%

Adamstown

2.50

20.5500

18.4%

New Holland

2.48

13.0877

7.7%

Akron

2.0

19.0200

15.7%

Ephrata

1.88

19.0200

15.7%

Lititz

1.60

17.6600

9.7%

       
Average

3.68

18.4310

21.3%

Median

3.22

18.2205

18.4%

Wikipedia.com defines the mill concept. “The property tax rate is often given as a percentage. It may also be expressed as a permille (amount of tax per thousand currency units of property value), which is also known as a millage rate or mill levy. (A mill is also one-thousandth of a currency unit.) To calculate the property tax, the authority will multiply the assessed value of the property by the mill rate and then divide by 1,000. For example, a property with an assessed value of US $50,000 located in a municipality with a mill rate of 20 mills would have a property tax bill of US $1,000 per year. In more familiar terms, dividing the mills by 10 (moving the decimal point to the left by one) yields the percentage rate – 20 mills = 2.0%.”

Sources: Lancaster County Website, Pennsylvania Municipality Tax Database.

2 comments

  1. “The government tht rules least rules best.”

    School taxes should be ended completely, and so should the cost of educating other people’s children.

    Let parents pay for children they generate. Don’t require others to do that.

    End “compulsory education” which has obviously failed during the roughly 100 years it has been universal in the USA.

    There are too many people in the world, and people who carelessly crank out new and unneeded children who just add to the world’s burdens and costs should pay for those children without help from others.

    If parenthood is less convenient, maybe fewer would be parents, and that would be all to the good.

    The world presently has a population of 7 billion people. Up from less than two billion in the 1920’s.

    There are no jobs, services, housing, etc. etc. for all these newcomers and the quality of life plummets due to them.

    Stop being sentimental about children and “everybody paying for them.”

    Start by ending school taxes completely and ending the “compulsory education” rules. Education is privilege, not a right. Many can get along without it, and do. They have to since most schools do a poor job of educating people.

    Tex Allen,
    Columbia PA
    TexAllen@Rocketmail.Com

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