Act 1

Dear Property Owner:

The Pennsylvania Taxpayer Relief Act, Act 1 of 2006, was signed into law by Governor Rendell on June 27, 2006 to allow school districts to reduce property taxes by lowering your property tax bill. The legal term for this is a “Homestead or Farmstead Exclusion.”

You must qualify your property in order to receive any tax relief by filing a Homestead Exclusion application with the County Assessment Office. The County Assessment Office will determine whether or not your property qualifies for property tax relief. Subsequently, the state must certify that it has sufficient revenues from the tax on gaming to make payments to school districts. In April 2008, the Secretary of the Budget Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will certify the availability of funds for distribution.

Enclosed are the application and instructions for its completion. The deadline to submit the Application for Homestead & Farmstead Exclusions is March 1, 2008. You are receiving this notice because the County Assessment Office does not have a homestead or farmstead exclusion on file for your property. It is mandatory to submit an application in order to qualify for property tax relief. Send your completed application to your County Assessment Office listed on the application. You will receive notification regarding your approval/denial from the County Assessment Office within 30 days after the receipt of your application. If for any reason your application is denied, you will be given an opportunity to appeal the county’s determination.

Watch for further notification regarding property tax relief updates and details.