Tax FAQ, information, and resources
What is the Borough's Real Estate (property) Tax rate: The Borough's 2015 property tax rate is 5.631 mills.
What is a "mill"? A mill is one one-thousandth of a dollar, and in property tax terms is equal to $1.00 of tax for each $1,000 of assessment. 5.631 mills, therefore, is equal to $5.63 for every $1,000 of assessed value, or $56.31 for a home assessed at $100,000.
What other taxes does the Borough assess? A "Per Capita Tax" of $10 per year is paid by all Borough residents 18 or older as of January 1 each year. An "Occupation Tax" of $10 per year is paid by residents who live in the Borough at any time during a given year. Members of the clergy and residents with less than $5,000 total annual income are exempt. An "Earned Income Tax" of 5 mills (1/2 of 1 percent) is paid on any income or net profits earned by Borough residents or any income earned in the Borough by non-residents. The Borough also has a "Local Services Tax" of $52 per year which is paid by every taxpayer employed in the Borough.
Why does my property tax bill seem much higher than that?
The Borough is just one of three entities that assess a Real Estate Tax. In addition to the 5.631 mills pair to the Borough, Borough property owners pay 6.876 mills* to Dauphin County and 22.1500 mills* to the Middletown Area School District (*based on 2014 rates).
Who do I contact with questions about my local taxes? The Borough Tax Collector is Pamela Miller. Her mailing address is 131 Oak Hill Drive Middletown, PA 17057. Phone: 944-8336. The Middletown Area School District Tax Office can be reached at 944-3321. You can reach the Middletown Area Tax Collection Bureau at 1845 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA 17601. Phone: (877) 544-4045.