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Lancaster County Treasurer's Office

Understanding Your Tax Bill

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A: Parcel ID: A number that identifies the parcel that is taxed.

Owner Name: The name of the parcel owner that is certified to the tax roll.

Tax District: A geographic area that receives the same tax calculations.

B: Situs Address: The physical location of the property being represented on this bill.

C: Legal Description: The geographical description of property that identifies the location.

D: Mailing Address: The mailing address on the tax statement that is on file with the Assessor's Office at time of tax roll certification.

E: Taxes Due: Taxes are due every year on December 31, however state statute allows for two half payments to be paid without interest before the two delinquent dates of April 1 and August 1. Property taxes are calculated by assessed taxable property value times rate minus credits.

F: Value and Credits: A property is assigned a value by the Assessor's Office. The taxable value of the property must be assessed and equalized. Homestead Credits are available to qualifying individuals. State Tax Credits are determined by the state legislature and does not affect tax rates or assessments.

G: Special Message: Messages indicating prior taxes due or changes to your taxes are located in the special message box.

H: Political Subdivision/Levy:Political subdivisions can levy property taxes. In Lancaster County school districts, county, cities, villages, fire districts, community colleges, ESU's and NRD's are supported with property tax dollars. Political subdivisions can request a vote of the people if levy limits need to be exceeded. The prior year and current year tax amounts that the political subdivision receives from your property taxes are stated on the tax statement.

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