Washington County Sets Post-Assessment Tax Rate
Following the first reassessment since the 1980s, Washington County’s board of commissioners have established the County’s 2017 tax rate of 2.43 mills. That millage is based on taxing property at 100 percent of its 2015 value, rather than at 25 percent of its 1981 value, and adjusts the County’s rate from 24.9 mills.
As we pointed out earlier, moving Washington County’s value to a 100 percent pre-determined ratio (meaning a property is assessed at market value, not a fraction of it) and having a recent year of assessment provides an almost apples-to-apples comparison of taxes at the county, municipal, and school district level for Allegheny County and one of its border counties–something that is a rarity due to old assessment years and different PDR. Further flung counties in the state are of a more recent assessment year like Allegheny County, but none a border county.
With the new county tax rate, a home assessed at $100,000 would pay $243 in county taxes. In Allegheny County, assuming the home qualifies for the County’s homestead exemption ($18,000 deducted from assessed value) the Allegheny County property tax bill would be $387 ($82k x 4.73 mills), or $144 more. Similar comparisons can be done at the municipal level, and, later in 2017, for school taxes as districts in Washington establish their millage rates for the 2017-18 school year upon the reassessed values.