Lebanon Courthouse Phone Directory (17KB pdf)
Year To Date Township Fund Reports
Accounts Payable & Receivable
The Administrative Department is responsible for the majority of ordering supplies for the Township’s daily operations. As part of that, the Financial Administrator is in charge of paying all bills on behalf of the Township, tracking those expenses through the accounting software, preparing all receivables for deposit, and posting to the appropriate approved accounts. The Financial Administrator is in charge of billing persons for direct expenses incurred through the Township as it relates to development, damaged township property or billing against the Federal Bridge Grant, to mention a few.
As part of this entire process, the annual audit is performed by a competent, approved Certified Public Accountant to ensure that the finances of the Township are in order. The audit confirms all finances were handled within the guidelines of the State’s requirements, and all money received and expended were done so in accordance with the requirements of the Second Class Township Code, as well as meeting all GASB 34 requirements.
This department is essential in guaranteeing the fiduciary responsibilities of the Township.
PA Property Tax / Rent Rebates
Eligible older adults and people with disabilities may qualify for a Property Tax/Rent Rebate.
Visit www.revenue.pa.gov for more information and applications.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program claimants now have the option to submit program applications online with the Department of Revenue’s myPATH system. Filing online leads to fast processing, easy direct deposit options and automatic calculators that will help you apply for your rebate. Visit mypath.pa.gov to file your application.
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2020 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.
Free Assistance –
Property Tax/Rent Rebate application assistance is available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
The Township taxes are now administered by the County of Lebanon Treasurer’s Office, who distributes and collects Township Municipal and Lebanon County property taxes. This tax is mailed and should arrive by early March each year. It is based on the valuation of the assessed land and whatever is built upon that land. The March combined bill will include both the local Township Municipal and Lebanon County taxes.
The Township’s current tax ratio is 1.500 mils for general purposes, 0.300 mils for Fire Protection Fund and 0.100 mils for Ambulance/Emergency Services, for a local municipal 1.900 mils tax rate total. To calculate your taxes, take the assessed valuation and multiply it by the millage base. An example would be $100,000 as your assessed valuation X 0.0019 = $190 annual local municipal property tax due.
Fire Protection expenditures is something that has always been incorporated into the Township tax & annual budget. In previous years, it was never separated out on the tax bills. However, in an effort to be more transparent, the Township Supervisors wanted the Fire Protection portion listed as a separate line on the tax bills, so that our residents can see where their taxes are going and how much they are paying toward that service. This was modeled after other adjacent Townships’ tax breakdowns (North Lebanon and South Lebanon), which have shown the separation for years.
Fire Protection service encompasses many things related to emergency situations, namely: fire hydrants, insurances, supplies for the Neversink Fire Company, monetary support of the Neversink Fire Company, as well as other emergency agencies.
For questions on local and county taxes, please contact the Lebanon County Treasurer’s Office at 717-228-4420.
Local Services Tax
Keystone Municipal Collections Group has been retained for the collection of local services tax (LST). Their local office can be found at the Lebanon County Court House in room 113, 400 South 8th Street, Lebanon, PA 17042 or they can be reached by phone at (717) 272-3770. This company has also replaced the functions of the Lebanon County Earned Income Tax Bureau and is collecting the earned income tax, as well as the school taxes.
The Local Services tax replaced the Emergency Services Tax around 2007. This was done by a Senate Bill (#218). The Local Services tax is now designated for any overall Township service, not just emergency services.
In addition to this change, the Township eliminated the Per Capita tax around 2012. This was assessed on Township residents.
Visit Keystone Collections website at www.keystonecollects.com for access to their forms, policies and various information.