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CITY PROPERTY TAX (Back to Top)

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:
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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 April 30. If you pay your bill on or before the last day of February, you receive a 2% discount. If you pay after April 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.

COUNTY PROPERTY TAX:
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County Real Estate Taxes are based on a calendar year from January 1 thru December 31 of the current year. County 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.

PAYMENT OF TAXES:
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Taxes may be paid at the City Treasurer's Office, 626 State Street - Room 105, Erie, PA or mailed to our lockbox at FNB P O BOX 1534 , HERMITAGE PA 16148-1534.

Checks should be made payable to "City Treasurer."

Erie City, School, and County Taxes can be incorporated into one check.

Discount and penalty are determined by postmark date of payment - not check date.

NOTE:
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers certain senior citizens or disabled taxpayers a Tax Rebate. For more information, contact the Commonwealth at (814) 871-4491. For automatic Commonwealth of Pennsylvania form ordering, 24 hours a day, call (800) 362-2050.

For further information:

Current Real Estate bills,
City Treasurer's Office at 870-1210.

Delinquent Real Estate bills,
Tax Claim Bureau at 451-6206.

Assessment Values
Erie County Assessment Office at 451-6225.

REALTY TRANSFER TAXES
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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 Room 121, Erie County Courthouse.

Generally the transfer of real estate between family members 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 whom the tax is collected do not compensate the recorder of deeds; two percent of the amount collected is withheld to reimburse the county for the cost of collection.

For further information:

Erie County Recorder of Deeds
Erie County Courthouse
140 West 6th Street -Room 121

ASSESSMENT VALUE:
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The Erie County Assessment Bureau sets the assessment value on all property in Erie County. Assessments are broken down by land and improvement (building).

Erie County conducted a county wide reassessment that was levied as of January 2003.

APPEAL RIGHTS:

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

Erie County Court House
Assessment Office
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
www.eriecountygov.org

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. If the City is holding monies in escrow from your insurance carrier, you need to contact the Building Inspection Office to have your 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.

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

For further Information:

City of Erie Finance Director
626 State Street - Room 309
Erie, PA 16501-1128
(814) 870-1431

City of Erie Building Inspector
626 State Street - Room 407
Erie, PA 16501-1128
(814) 870-1470

City Treasurer's Office
626 State Street - Room 105
Erie, PA 16501-1128
(814) 870-1214