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Dauphin County offers grace period for delinquent property taxes

Posted 1/31/18

Dauphin County is offering an interest-free grace period to all property owners with 2017 delinquent property taxes.

“In some cases, property owners misplace their tax bills or mistakenly …

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Dauphin County offers grace period for delinquent property taxes

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Dauphin County is offering an interest-free grace period to all property owners with 2017 delinquent property taxes.

“In some cases, property owners misplace their tax bills or mistakenly assume their mortgage company already paid their taxes,” said George P. Hartwick III, who oversees the Tax Claim Bureau. “This interest-free grace period gives property owners another chance to pay their taxes.”

Approximately 11,000 first-class letters, which include a breakdown of taxes owed and costs for properties, will be mailed mid-February to property owners with unpaid 2017 real property taxes.

“By waiving the interest period, we increase collections and reduce our mailing costs,” Commissioners Jeff Haste said. “This is another way that we keep revenues coming in and costs from going up.”

Property owners must pay their taxes in full by March 31 to take advantage of the program.

“This program not only quickly resolves many of our claims, but it also helps taxpayers,” Commissioner Mike Pries said. “Our goal is to make the tax-paying process easier for those who are trying to pay their bills and get back on their feet.”

In 2017, the Tax Claim Bureau issued 11,074 letters to property owners with 2016 delinquent taxes and collected $37,861.70 in library taxes, $580,721 in municipal taxes, $3,076,729,40 in school taxes, and $820,658.16 in county taxes.

For more information, contact the county’s Tax Claim Bureau at 717-780-6125 or visit www.DauphinCounty.org and enter “tax claim” in the search feature.