Township Real Estate Tax
All owners of taxable real property in Plymouth Township (vacant land or residential, commercial, and other structures) are subject to a real estate tax each year. An owner of tax-exempt real property-such as a church, university, or public utility-generally is not subject to the real estate tax. There are three taxing jurisdictions to which Plymouth property owners pay the real estate tax: Plymouth Township, Colonial School District, and Montgomery County. The real estate tax is based on a millage rate levied each year by the respective governing bodies of those jurisdictions. The Plymouth Township real estate tax is set by the Township Council in December each year as part of the annual budget process; the School District tax is set each spring by the Colonial School Board; and the County tax is set each December by the Montgomery County Commissioners. For current millage rates, contact the tax office.
One mill of real estate tax is equal to one dollar for each $1,000 of a property’s assessed value. To figure the real estate tax owed for a given year, you multiply a property’s assessed value by the millage rate (expressed as mills x .001).
The real estate taxes paid to Plymouth Township cover a comprehensive array of quality services such as police, highway maintenance, street lights, sanitation, snow and ice removal, parks and recreation programs, code enforcement, etc.
Total taxable assessed market value for all Plymouth Township properties as of January 1, 2010, was $1,639,860,046. The Real Estate tax produced $2,523,354 in general fund revenues in 2009.
Residents who pay their current year’s Township property tax by April 25 receive a 2% discount, while Township taxes paid after June 26 are subject to a 10% penalty. If a Plymouth property owner does not pay their Township tax by December 31, a lien will be placed against the property until the delinquent taxes are paid. The property could also be subject to a Sheriff’s Sale to the public.
Under the Plymouth Township Home Rule Charter, the Finance Director is responsible for collecting the Township’s real estate tax. For more information about your real estate tax bill, please contact the Plymouth Tax Office at 610-233-0591 or the main number at 610-277-4100 ext 4101.
Copies of Real Estate Tax bills can be picked up in the Tax Department for a fee of $5.00
Tax certifications are available for a fee of $25.00. Please submit your request in writing to the Tax Department with a self addressed envelope. Allow 4-5 business days to complete the cert.