Tax/Audit/Vacancy

Real Estate Tax Collector:

Darlene M. Orendo
PO Box 4
Bethel, Pa 19507
717-933-8061 – Home
717-933-4543 – Fax

email – tcbethel@comcast.net

All County/Township Real Estate and School Real Estate Taxes may be paid during Tax Collector sitting hours below or mailed (include both copies of tax bill, with self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt), (failure to include tax bill will result in a $2.00 printing fee), to PO Box 4, Bethel Pa, 19507.

Bethel Township Municipal Building
60 Klahr Road
Bethel, PA 19507
Phone: 717-933-8813

Sitting Hours:

For your convenience a drop box is also available in the Township Office lobby, taxes may be dropped during Township hours Monday-Friday 8am – 4p m.  If a receipt is requested include a self-addressed stamped envelope and both copies of the tax bill.  Failure of including tax bill will result in a $2.00 printing fee. $30 fee for a non-sufficient funds check.  Box will be checked weekly during discount and flat periods.  Box will be checked less  frequently during penalty period.

Collection at the 60 Klahr Road Office:

Monday, July 10, August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 4pm-7pm

Thursday, August 17, 24, 31, 2017 4pm-7pm

Saturday, August 26, 2017 9am-12pm

Monday, October 30, 2017 4pm-7pm

Electronic check payments:

If you are making a payment of your taxes through your bank or financial institution you must include: name; type of payment (Co/Twp or School Real Estate and/or Per Capita); and corresponding bill numbers somewhere within the check body.  Any payment received without this information will be returned.

Possible reduction in taxes by applying and qualifying for:

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Homestead/Farmstead exclusion.

More information may be obtained by calling the Assessment Office at 610-478-6262, or Click Here

Forms may be obtained by calling Tulpehocken High School – business office at 717-933-4611

Act 319 Clean and Green.

More information may be obtained by calling the Assessment Office at 610-478-6262, or http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Assessment/Pages/default.aspx

PA Property Tax and Rent Rebate.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Information & Forms

 For All Bills

IF YOU REQUIRE A RECEIPT SEND BOTH COPIES OF THE BILL ALONG WITH A SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE WITH YOUR CHECK.  A STAMPED BILL WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.

Address Changes: Please contact the collector with your new mailing address or make a change on the tax bill. This is greatly appreciated.

Real Estate Taxes

As a property owner in Bethel Township, you will receive two (2) real estate tax bills per year. They are:

  • Berks County/ Bethel Township Real Estate Taxes
  • Tulpehocken Area School District Real Estate Taxes

The current millage rates are as follows:

  • Bethel Township 2.0000 mils
  • Berks County 7.3720 mils
  • Tulpehocken Area School 27.7000 mils

County/Twp Real Estate Tax Bills
Tax bills are sent out March 1.

If a mortgage company pays your taxes, it is the property owner’s responsibility to send the tax bill to their mortgage company. The tax bill is discounted by 2% if paid by April 30th. All taxes must be postmarked by that date to receive the discounted amount.

If the tax bill is not paid in discount, the base rate applies until June 30th.
After June 30th all unpaid tax bills have a 10% penalty added. Each year, township real estate taxes that are unpaid as of December 31st are turned over to Berks County Tax Claim.

Tulpehocken Area School District Real Estate Tax Bills
Tax bills are sent July 1.

The school tax year is a fiscal year running from July 1st through June 30 the following year.
If a mortgage company pays your taxes, it is the property owner’s responsibility to send the tax bill to their mortgage company. This tax bill is discounted by 2% if paid by August 31st. All payments must be postmarked by that date to receive the discount.

If the tax bill is not paid in discount, the base rate applies until October 31st.
After that date a 10% penalty will be added to all unpaid tax bills and if not paid by December 31st the tax will be turned over to Berks County Tax Claim.

The school district also offers an installment plan for paying real estate taxes. The base rate is divided into 3 three equal payments and the first installment payment must be made by July 31st.

Thereafter, an installment payment is due on September 15th & October 31st. If an installment payment is late in being paid, a 10% penalty will be added to the payment. Each year, school real estate taxes that are unpaid as of December 31st are turned over to Berks County Tax Claim.

Per Capita Tax
Tax bills are sent July 1

A per capita tax is also issued to anyone living in the Township over the age of 18.

Interim Real Estate Tax Bills
An interim tax bill (supplemental bill) is an addition to the tax duplicate due to an improvement to your parcel. The taxpayer receives a notice of the increase/change from the county assessment office. The assessment office sends changes to local taxing districts. An interim bill is produced at the local tax rate and is reduced proportionately to the number of months remaining in the tax year. Interim taxes will have a different discount, face and penalty period than the original.

Auditors:
Dorinda Kauffman    Chairman

Donald Daub            Vice-chairman

Eric Stupp                Secretary

Auditors are elected for a six (6) year term.  The responsibilities of the Auditors are to audit, settle and adjust all of the accounts of the Township.  The Auditors shall determine the compensation for the current year authorized in section 606 for Supervisors employed by the Township.  Two (2) Auditors shall constitute a quorum.

Vacancy Board:
Gerald Seiler        Chairman

Per the Second Class Township Code, Section 407, should a vacancy occur in the Board of Supervisors, Tax Collector, Auditor, or if any person elected to office fails to serve either by death, resignation, or removal from the Township or otherwise, the Board of Supervisors may appoint a successor who is an elector of the Township and has resided in the Township for at least one (1) year prior to their appointment. If the Supervisors fail to make an appointment within thirty (30) days after the vacancy occurs, the vacancy shall be filled within fifteen (15) additional days by the Vacancy Board. The Vacancy Board shall consist of the Supervisors and the Vacancy Board Chairman.

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