City of Erie

Treasurer’s Office

City Treasurer
City Treasurer Susan E. Divecchio


LOCATION &
INFORMATION

626 State st
Room 105
Erie PA 16501-1128

HOURS
8:30A - 4:30P
Monday - Friday
P: (814) 870-1210
F: (814) 870-1288

CityTreasurer@erie.pa.us

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LAST POSSIBLE DAY TO PAY YOUR TAX BILLS

City & County

December 31

School

February 28

NOTE: Any payments received after the above specified dates will be sent to the Tax Claim Bureau where additional fees & interest will be charged.


When will my tax bills be mailed to me?

City & County

End of January

(same envelope)

School

End of July

Hello and Welcome!
Welcome to the City of Erie Treasurer’s Office official Web site! The City Treasurer's Office handles the great responsibility of collecting and depositing all revenue that the City receives. The City Treasurer is elected by the citizens of the City of Erie.

As an elected official, the City Treasurer is authorized by law and local political subdivision to be the collection agent for City, School, and County Real Estate Taxes. The local political subdivisions for whom the tax is collected compensate the Treasurer and his/her staff for the cost of collections.

There are three taxing districts; The City of Erie, Erie County, and the Erie School District.
The City of Erie imposes a tax on all real estate in the City. The Erie County Assessment Bureau determines the value of the property on which taxes must be paid.

Real Estate Tax bills for the City and County are generally sent out annually by the end of January for the current year together in one envelope.

Real Estate Tax Bills for the School District are sent out by then end of July.

If you have a mortgage and your property taxes are escrowed, your tax bill should be mailed by you, to your mortgage company for payment from your escrow fund.

If property has been sold and you receive a bill in error, please forward bill to the new owner or return to the City Treasurer's Office with any information you may have.



As a taxpayer of the City of Erie, we want to help you in any way possible to pay your taxes on time and without penalty.
Frequently Asked Questions  ?
I want to mail my payment and I would also like a receipt. How do I get one?
We understand the need to keep track of your expenses. If you wish to have a receipt, be sure to mail your ENTIRE TAX BILL along with a SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE and we would be happy to mail them back to you as soon as we have finished processing your payment.

Can I pay all my tax bills on one check?
Absolutely. Just make sure to double check your addition and your due dates so that you are paying the correct amounts.

I mailed my payment on the due date. Will it be late?
No. We accept your payment as the day in which it is postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service.
My taxes are escrowed. Why are you sending me this bill?
We are required to send all tax bills to the homeowner of the property. If your mortgage
company requires a copy of the bill for payment, it is your responsibility to forward the tax bills to them.

My mailing address is wrong. How do I change it?
Contact the Erie County Assessment Office to change your mailing address or to answer any questions about your property’s assessed value.

Erie County Assessment Office
140 W. 6th Street - Room 104
Erie PA 16501
P: (814) 451-6225

Still have questions? Give us a call.

“It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.”
-AESOP

School Installment Payments

If you anticipate using the installment plan to pay your School Tax bill, you MUST include a copy of the tax bill. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to make a copy of the bill with each school installment.

A duplicate bill fee of $5.00 will be charged to installment payment if a copy of the bill is not accompanied with payment.

Information on Paying Taxes

Walk-In or Mail-In Location

City Treasurer’s Office

626 State St - Room 105

Erie PA 16501-1128

Mail Payment to:

First National Bank

PO BOX 1534

Hermitage PA 16148-1534

(MUST be accompanied with original tax bill)

Assessment Value & Appeal Process

ASSESSMENT VALUE

The Erie County Assessment Bureau sets the assessment value on all property in Erie County. Assessments are broken down by land and building.

APPEAL PROCESS

As a taxpayer you have the right to appeal the tax assessment. Assessment values may be appealed by filing an application along with $50.00 fee by August 1.

For further information on Realty Transfer Tax, Assessment or Appeal Information contact:

Erie County Court House

140 W 6th St

Erie PA 16501

814-451-6000

www.eriecountypa.gov

Online Payment Options
There are (2) two options for you to pay your taxes online.

1.) Through your personal banking website, you can have your payments mailed to our office by using their online banking feature

NOTE: Please be sure that you include your full index number and list the mailing address as follows:

City of Erie Treasurer’s Office
626 State St — Room 105
Erie, PA 16501-1128
 
NOT AVAILABLE FOR
SCHOOL INSTALLMENTS

OR

2.) You can go to our website (www.erie.pa.us) and use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or Debit card.

Please be aware of a convenience fee that will be added to any online Credit or Debit card payments.

This type of payment will only be accepted until December 15th of each year.

You may also use your credit/debit card at our walk-in location. However, the same convenience fee will apply.

We cannot process payments over the phone.

LOCAL TAX COLLECTION LAW

Act of May 25, 1945, P.L. 1050 No. 394

Section 7. Effect of Failure to Receive Tax Notice

“Failure to receive tax notice shall not relieve any taxpayer from the payment of any taxes imposed by any taxing district, and such taxpayer shall be charged with his taxes as though he had received notice.”

County Property Tax City Property Tax

County Real Estate Taxes are based on a calendar year from January 1 thru December 31 of the current year. City tax payments are due and payable on June 30. If you pay your bill on or before the last day of April, you receive a 2% discount. If you pay after June 30, a 10% penalty is added to your taxes until the end of the year. If the taxes remain unpaid as of such January 1, they will be turned over to the Tax Claim Bureau of Erie County.

Legislation passed that interest accrues on the Tax Claim Principal Amount to .75% per month or 9% per annum. Such interest rates are effective beginning January 1st. Collection costs related to the Tax Claims are also charged at the time of settlement.

Erie County Tax Claim Bureau
140 W. 6th St. - Room 110
Erie PA 16501
(814) 451-6206

City Real Estate Taxes are based on a calendar year from January 1 thru December 31 of the current year. City tax payments are due and payable on May 31. If you pay your bill on or before the last day of March, you receive a 2% discount. If you pay after May 31, a 10% penalty is added to your taxes until the end of the year. If the taxes remain unpaid as of such January 1, they will be turned over to the Tax Claim Bureau of Erie County.

Legislation passed that interest accrues on the Tax Claim Principal Amount to .75% per month or 9% per annum. Such interest rates are effective beginning January 1st. Collection costs related to the Tax Claims are also charged at the time of settlement.

School Property Tax
School Real Estate Taxes are based on a fiscal year from July 1 of the previous year thru June 30 of the current year. School tax payments are due and payable on November 30. If you pay your bill on or before the last day of September, you receive a 2% discount. If you pay after November 30, a 10% penalty is added to your taxes until the end of the

year. If the taxes remain unpaid as of such January 1, they will be turned over to the Tax Claim Bureau of Erie County. Legislation passed that interest accrues on the Tax Claim.

 

Contact the Erie School District

Erie’s Public Schools

148 W. 21st St

Erie PA 16502

(814) 874-6000

Dog Licensing Information:

If you are a resident of the City of Erie, you may purchase a dog license from our office or at the Humane Society of NWPA

You may also click below to download the application, print, and mail it into the City Treasurer’s Office at the address listed above.

Pay by check/money order, made payable to “City Treasurer”.

You must also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive your license.

NOTE:

ë If you are applying for a license that requires the dog owner to be a senior citizen (age 65 or older), or a person with a disability, you must provide proof of age or disability to the City Treasurer or Humane Society.

ë Upon request, a copy of the spay/neuter certificate must be provided.

ë Lifetime licenses can only be purchased at City Hall or by Mail.

ë YOUR DOG MUST BE MICROCHIPPED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A LIFETIME LICENSE.

ë Service/Therapy/Emotional Support dog licenses are free with proof of disability or service papers.

Fire Escrow Insurance Fund

Listed below are the steps and requirements to follow for certain fire loss to buildings or structure within the City of Erie:

ë If fire damage incurred on real property is in excess of $7,500, you and your insurance company need to obtain a Municipal Certificate from the City Treasurer.

ë Certificate along with a copy of City Ordinance #97-1994, Fire Insurance Escrow Fund, about procedures to follow for fire loss, are to be sent to your insurance company.

ë If the City is holding monies in escrow from you insurance carrier, you need to contact the Building Inspection Office to have you property inspected when the structure is brought back up to City Code, either through demolition or repair. Upon completion of this inspection the City will issue a check to you from your escrowed money.

ë Any owner of the property, any named insured or any insuring Agent who violates the City Ordinance shall be subject to penalty of up to $1,000 per violation.


Questions Concerning Your Fire Escrow?

City Treasurer’s Office
626 State St - Room 105
Erie PA 16501-1128
(814) 870-1214
City of Erie Building Inspector
626 State St - Room 407
Erie PA 16501-1128
(814) 870-1470
City of Erie Finance Office
626 State St - Room 309
Erie PA 16501-1128
(814) 870-1416
Realty Transfer Tax

2% Realty Transfer Tax is levied on the sale or transfer of Real Estate within the City of Erie. 1% is shared by the City of Erie and Erie School District and the other 1% goes to the Commonwealth. The tax is paid when the deed is filed with the Recorder of Deeds, located in the Erie County Court House.

Generally the transfer of real estate between family member is exempt, such as a transfer between husband and wife, children of the same parent and lineal ascendants /descendants. Property that is received under a will is also exempt and a statement of value needs to be filed with the deed.

The County Recorder of Deeds is authorized by law to be the collection agent for both state and local realty transfer taxes. The local political subdivisions for who the tax is collected do not compensate the recorder of deeds, two percent of the amount collected is withheld to reimburse the county for cost of collection.

Our Hardworking Staff
City Treasurer
Susan E. DiVecchio
870-1211
Deputy Treasurer
Ed Williams
870-1219
Auditor of Accounting
Deborah Cole
870-1218
Chief Lien Clerk/Teller
Jennifer Maloney
870-1217
Teller
Lauren Keller
870-1214

DON’T FORGET!

ë  Sign your check!

ë  Have your FULL index number written on the check

ë  Remit the bottom stub portion with your payment

ë  DO NOT staple or paperclip your check to the bill