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Pottsgrove Handles Post-Budget Clean-Up

POTTSTOWN PA – Tax bills requiring payment to the Pottsgrove School District are already in the mail and should be delivered to property owners’ boxes before this week ends, township tax collectors report. Their invoices bear the news of a modest 0.39-percent tax increase to accompany the district’s approved 2017-2018 final budget of $66.07 million.

Accepting the spending plan, and launching the effort to collect revenue that supports it, topped a lengthy list of academic year-end business items that attracted the Board of School Directors’ attention during its June 27 meeting.

It approved homestead and farm exclusions for the coming year, which grant property tax relief to qualified home and farm owners who file an application. Money to support the tax breaks comes from state gambling revenue. Owners of homes valued at more than $7,887 this year received a tax savings of $299, the district reported. Learn more about the program here.

Directors continued, without substantial change, what are known as “nuisance taxes;” they designated the district’s official banks and tax collectors, and re-appointed the district solicitor.

According to agenda information, continued and unchanged taxes were a:

  • One-percent tax on earned personal income;
  • Per capita tax of $5, levied on all Pottsgrove district residents age 18 or older. It brings in about $108,000 annually, Business Administrator David Nester reported;
  • Real estate transfer tax of 1 percent of a property’s purchase price; and
  • Mercantile tax charged to business owners, at a rate of 1 mill to wholesalers and 1-1/2 mills to retailers.

Appointed as depositories, where the district will keep its money:

  • Wells Fargo, Key Bank, BB&T, Tompkins VIST, and Fulton banks;
  • Tri-County Federal Credit Union; and
  • Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust.

Named as tax collectors for:

  • Local services taxes, H.A. Berkheimer Associates, headquartered in Bangor PA, for Lower, Upper  and West Pottsgrove townships;
  • Earned income tax, Berkheimer, at a fee of 1.35 percent;
  • Delinquent per capital taxes, Berkheimer, at fees permitted by law;
  • Mercantile taxes, Berkheimer, at a fee of 3 percent; and the
  • Real estate transfer tax, the Montgomery County (PA) Recorder of Deeds in Norristown, at fees established by law.

The law firm of Fox Rothschild was retained as solicitor. It is most often represented at board meetings by attorney Marc B. Davis, who is based in its Blue Bell office.

Directors also authorized Business Administrator to pay the district’s bills during July, and to prepare final transfers that will close out last year’s budget after its annual audit is completed. It also approved a calendar of board meeting dates for the coming year.

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ June 27 meeting):

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