SANATOGA PA – The combined 2018 real estate tax bill from Lower Pottsgrove and Montgomery County, dated Feb. 1 (2018; Thursday) by township Tax Collector Jennifer Marsteller, began arriving at property owners’ postal boxes during the weekend.
The tax bills are due and payable without penalty at her office, at 1954 E. High St., Ste. 1, Sanatoga PA, by May 31. Taxpayers who ante up by or before March 31 earn a 2-percent discount on the face amount. Those who pay on June 1 or later face a 10-percent penalty fee.
Like the bills themselves, most payments are returned by mail. 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 February through May 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.
This year’s bill is accompanied by a letter from the township that explains its addition of a .25-mill tax for the purpose of “procuring a lot and/or erecting a building” as new township municipal offices. A site, at the southeast corner of East High Street and Pleasant View Road, has already been designated.
The additional millage, according to the Board of Commissioners, represents an annual real estate tax increase of about $31.25 on an average township residence. Money generated by this “new revenue stream,” as the letter describes it, will be saved in a separate Capital Reserve Fund that can be used for the Purchase, replacement, or addition of almost any capital asset.
Marsteller’s bill, printed on paper colored a spring-like robin’s egg blue, breaks out each property owner’s tax burden on five separate lines earmarking portions for the county, its community college, the township, its two fire companies, and the capital reserve.
Marsteller has planned for foot-draggers, stragglers and last-minute types, too. Just before the March discount period expires, her office will be open March 27-29 from 9 a.m. to noon, March 30 from 2-6 p.m., and March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. Similarly, just before the penalty period kicks in, Marsteller will be available May 29 and 31 from 9 a.m. to noon, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and May 31 from 2-6 p.m.
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