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No One’s Happy When Tax Bills Arrive

lower pottsgrove township: No One's Happy When Tax Bills ArriveSANATOGA PA – Even members of the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners looked unhappy Monday (July 6, 2015) when township Treasurer Jennifer Marsteller publicly announced what most had already learned earlier in the day from their postal service carrier: the 2015-2016 Pottsgrove School District tax bills are in the mail.

“Got mine,” board President Bruce Foltz said with a mild grimace, and then smiled. “Got mine too,” Vice President Stephen Klotz chipped in, during the board meeting in the municipal building.

Marsteller’s responsibility is to collect tax revenues. In addition to the schools’ property tax invoice, the same envelope carries the combined township-district bill for per capita taxes. Both are printed on paper that’s a shade of medium blue.

The face amounts of all those bills are due and payable without penalty at Marsteller’s office, in Suite 1 of 1954 E. High St., by Oct. 31. Taxpayers who ante up by or before Aug. 31 earn a 2-percent discount on the face amount. Those who pay after Oct. 31 face a 10-percent penalty fee.

Like the bills themselves, most payments get mailed in. For those interested in actually meeting a living person before they part with their cash, however, Marsteller’s office hours are:

  • Mondays from 4-7 p.m., except the first Monday of each month when she closes at 6:30 p.m.;
  • Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon; and
  • from July through October on the first and third Saturdays of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Hours also are available by appointment. To make one, call 610-326-6960.

Marsteller has planned for foot-draggers, stragglers and last-minute types, too. Just before the August discount period expires, her office will be open Aug. 15 and Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon; and Aug. 28 and 31 from 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m.

Similarly, before the penalty period kicks in, Marsteller will be available Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m., and Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 6 meeting):

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