Page last updated on 3/12/2013

REAL ESTATE TAX

 

I have concerns about the court-ordered 2013 reassessment of my property. Who should I contact?

Questions regarding the court-ordered 2013 reassessment should be directed to the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessments. That office maintains a website here that is designed to help property owners with the reassessment process. Please keep in mind that the reassessed values will not be used until the 2013 tax year.

 

Who charges me for Real Estate Tax?

Properties within Bethel Park are responsible for paying Real Estate Tax to three separate taxing bodies --Allegheny County, Bethel Park School District, and the Municipality of Bethel Park. A separate bill is generated for each taxing body.

 

What is the current rate of municipal Real Estate Tax?

The 2014 municipal Real Estate Tax rate is 2.32 mills, which includes the addition of the Home Rule Charter mandated .34 mills which is a dedicated, annual source of revenue for the Bethel Park Volunteer Fire Department.  The municipal Real Estate Tax bill is calculated by multiplying the property's assessed value by .00232.  For example, a home valued at $100,000 will have a $232.00 municipal Real Estate Tax bill for 2014.

Allegheny County also sets a Real Estate Tax rate that is billed separately in mid-March (4.73 mills for 2013), and the Bethel Park School District sets a Real Estate Tax rate that is billed in July (21.8593mills for 2013-2014).

 

Who determines the assessed value of my property?

The Allegheny County Office of Property Assessments establishes the assessed value of all properties within Allegheny County.

 

Who is responsible to pay Real Estate Tax?

Any individual or entity owning non-exempt real estate within the Municipality. 

 

What are the payment due dates?

Real Estate Taxes owed to the Municipality must be paid according to the following schedule:

Dates

Description

July 1

Tax Bills Mailed

July 1-August 31

Tax Due Less 2% Discount

September 1-October 31

Tax Due at Face

November 1-December 31

Tax Due Plus 10% Penalty

If taxes are not paid by December 31, a lien will be filed on the delinquent property. Penalty and interest will continue to accrue until the outstanding balance is paid in full.
 

Where/how is the tax paid?

Payments for municipal and school district Real Estate Taxes can be made using any of the following methods:

* Drive up and drop your payment in the orange deposit box located in the Municipal Building's lower parking lot;

* Via mail to the Jordan Tax Service Bethel Park office, 7100 Baptist Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102;

* In-person at the Jordan Tax Service Bethel Park office indicated above, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  (a deposit box is also available at this location 24 hours/day);

* Online at www.jordantax.com.

 

What if I do not receive a Real Estate Tax bill?

If you do not receive a Real Estate Tax bill by July 15, please contact Jordan Tax Service at 412-835-5243. In cases of refinance, mortgage payoff, or other situation that would change the method of payment of the Real Estate Tax or to whom the Real Estate Tax bill is sent, it is the responsibility of the property owner to secure a tax bill from the Municipal Tax Collector.

All Municipal taxes are due on or before the established due dates regardless of whether or not a tax bill is received by the resident. Failure to receive a real estate tax bill shall not excuse the taxpayer from paying the tax by the due date; late payments will be subjected to penalty/interest charges.


Real Estate Tax (RET) Abatements and Exemptions

The Municipality of Bethel Park offers a RET abatement similar to the Act 77 Senior Citizen Tax Relief program offered by Allegheny County. The amount of the discount varies between the County and the Municipality. Property owners qualifying for the County's Act 77 relief will receive a 25% discount on their Municipal property tax. The instructions for qualifying for Act 77 are available on Allegheny County's website.

Allegheny County offers several other RET abatements and exemptions for County tax that are also available for review on their website. One of those, called the Homestead Exemption, provides a discount on both the County and School District RET. The Homestead Exemption for the County is referred to as Act 50, and the Homestead Exemption for the School District is referred to as Act 1. The amount of the discount varies between the County and School District. For additional information please click on the links below.

Senior Citizen Tax Relief, Act 77- County
Homestead Exemption, Act 50 - County
Homestead Exemption, Act 1 - School District