Tax Collection/Real Estate
Tax rates are established each year by three separate taxing authorities: Wrightstown Township, Bucks County and the Council Rock School District. The Township and county taxes are billed in March and the school district taxes are billed in July. In both instances, the discount amount is payable up to two months after receipt of the tax bill; the gross amount up to four months later, and any amount outstanding beyond four months carries a penalty.
The Earned Income Tax (EIT) is assessed on the gross earned income which includes all wages, salaries and commissions. Earned Income taxes are deducted by your employer on a per pay period basis and remitted to the EArned Income Tax Collector. All residents with Earned Income must file a final return with the Earned Income Tax Collector by April 15th of each year. One half of the Earned Income Tax goes to Wrightstown Township and the other half goes to the Council Rock School District.
An Occupation Tax is also assessed against every wage earner by the Council Rock School District. The assessed valuation for your particular job determines the amount of tax you pay.
The assessed valuation of your property determines the amount of real estate tax you pay. One mill generates $1 per $1000 of assessed valuation. Therefore 13.0 mills of Township tax produces $13 per $1000. As an example, if your home is assessed at $10000, you pay into the Township treasury $130 for general fund and fire tax purposes. In return, you receive the following services: police protection, road maintenance (including snow and ice removal), street lighting at various intersections, enforcement of Township codes and regulations, as well as fire protection.
While members of the Township boards and commissions are volunteers, their activities are funded to a limited degree by the Township. In most cases, any functions sponsored by these Township groups are required to be self-sustaining.