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Yet Another Holiday Payment Headache Ahead

SANATOGA PA – If you haven’t yet covered your Pottsgrove School District real estate tax bill for the 2017-2018 academic year, be aware that a final payment deadline looms only six days away.

Saturday (Dec. 30, 2017) will be the last day available to pay those taxes. Property owners who don’t pay up by then have their tax bills forwarded to a collection agency, which likely will involve additional fees and fines. So for the stragglers, procrastinators, and slackers among us, Lower Pottsgrove Tax Collector Jennifer Marsteller’s says her office at 1954 E. High St., Suite 1, will be open extra hours in the coming week. Here’s her schedule:

  • Wednesday (Dec. 27), 9 a.m. to noon;
  • Friday (Dec. 29), 4-6 p.m.;
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • or by appointment, by calling 610-326-6960.

There are some caveats.

  • No personal checks are accepted as payment. Only a certified check, money order, or cash will do.
  • You can drop off your payment at a collection box by Marsteller’s office door anytime, except after 2 p.m. Saturday. That’s when her books officially close.
  • Credit cards are not accepted at Marsteller’s office, but can be used online with the collector’s account at OfficialPayments.com. When paying, specify Jurisdiction Code 4887. Users will be charged a convenience fee of 3 percent for the service, so paying a $1,000 tax bill will cost an additional $30.
  • If you received a notice that your taxes remain unpaid, but you don’t normally pay them yourself, it’s possible a bank or company that manages your tax escrow account has somehow fallen behind. You’ll need to call it, and have a representative quickly contact Marsteller.
  • Recognize that, at this point, your amount due already includes a penalty fee equal to 10 percent of your taxes. That’s because they were actually due in full by Nov. 7.

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