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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Why has your tax bill been reduced?

Homestead Exemption

Realize up to a $140.00 decrease in Township taxes for eligible properties.

What does it mean?
A homestead/farmstead exclusion for Township property taxes allows part of a qualifying property’s assessed value to be excluded from the tax calculation. The amount excluded, for 2019 will be up to $140,000.

Why is Pine doing this now?
The Township has a budget surplus resulting from a combination of a high number of property transfers, vigilant long-term financial management, and a growing local tax base.  While the Board has prudently planned for future capital projects and expenses by setting aside capital for these expenditures,the Board of Supervisors felt that it would be best to return to the residential homeowners and taxpayers a large portion of the surplus.  As Pine Township already has the lowest millage rate in Allegheny County at less than 1 mil, the Board decided the best option would be a homestead/farmstead exclusion.  

How does it work?
If a property qualifies for the homestead or farmstead exclusion, $140,000 is subtracted from the assessed value before calculating the tax.  For example; a $300,000 home is taxed only on $160,000 and the tax is $159.68, a savings of $139.72.

How do I qualify for this?
You must be approved for the “Act 50 Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion” by Allegheny County.  If you’ve already applied to the County and been approved, then you automatically qualify for the Township
exclusion.  If you haven’t applied yet, visit the Township’s homepage and scroll to the bottom.  You’ll find a link to the application under “Quick Links”.  (Use the Allegheny County application)

How can I tell if I already have County approval?
Visit Allegheny County’s real estate assessment site at  Find your property by address or parcel number.  If the property is approved, it will say “Yes” under either Homestead or Farmstead on the left side of the page.

What properties are eligible?
To be eligible, a property must be owner-occupied and be the primary residence.  Commercial and rental properties are not eligible.

Where can I get more information?

Contact the Township of Pine, Director of Finance, Jan Kowalski at 724-625-1591 or email.

Allegheny County Exemption Questions and Answers
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