PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Property owners in Allegheny County have extra time to pay this year’s tax bill.
That’s because the first round of tax bills printed are wrong, over-charging you. And now, it’s the county that will have to pay to fix the problem.
Oops. Call it the $50,000 error.
It’s a mistake in calculating the taxes of Allegheny County property owners because of the new court-ordered reassessments and a state law that prohibits windfall taxes.
“That’s why the millage went down, but what they forgot to do was they forgot to apply it to the homestead exemption,” Heather Heidelbaugh, R-County Councilwoman-at-Large, said.
That meant taxpayers who claim the exemption because their home is their primary residence would overpay $14.40 cents in county taxes.
To correct this, the Fitzgerald administration asked Council on Tuesday to raise the homestead exemption from $15,000 to $18,000, reprint the tax bills and delay the tax due date. Council agreed.
County Treasurer John Weinstein says the original bills were printed but never mailed.
Weinstein: “We’re going to reprint those bills and they will be out in the mail by the end of the month.”
KDKA’s Jon Delano: “You have to reprint them; there’s going to be a cost involved?”
Weinstein: “Yes, there is. But the cost of reprinting the bills is less than refunding 350,000 people that would have overpaid by $15. It’s about $50,000 to rebill the entire process.”
Because of the error, taxpayers now get an extra 30 days to pay — April 30 for the two percent discount and May 31 for the full taxes owed.
If you don’t have the homestead exemption, March 1 is the deadline.
Just go to the County Treasurer’s website, download the form, sign it and send it back. And then you’ll have $18,000 knocked off your assessed value for purposes of county taxes.