Lancaster County commissioners consider extending property tax deadline
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Lancaster County commissioners are considering whether to give taxpayers an extension for paying property taxes.Commissioners discussed the proposal Wednesday during their weekly meeting. They met in person but practiced social distancing guidelines and only allowed about 10 people in the room at a time.The property tax proposal would not change the deadline to get a 2% discount. That date would still be April 30.But taxpayers may get an extra six months to pay without a penalty. There is a 10% penalty for not paying by June 30, and the proposal would move that date to Dec. 31.All 60 municipalities in the county would have to agree to the plan. Commissioners said lawmakers may also have to weigh in.“It’s a little unclear whether the county alone can do this. We obviously are interested in taking action to help taxpayers. It may necessitate the state also taking action. Sounds like maybe there’s some discussion or bills already moving in the state to do that as well,” Commissioner Josh Parsons said.Commissioners said the delay could help taxpayers during a time when not many people are getting paid because of business closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. The delay could also hurt some municipalities that depend on the money earlier in the year.

LANCASTER, Pa. —

Lancaster County commissioners are considering whether to give taxpayers an extension for paying property taxes.

Commissioners discussed the proposal Wednesday during their weekly meeting. They met in person but practiced social distancing guidelines and only allowed about 10 people in the room at a time.

The property tax proposal would not change the deadline to get a 2% discount. That date would still be April 30.

But taxpayers may get an extra six months to pay without a penalty. There is a 10% penalty for not paying by June 30, and the proposal would move that date to Dec. 31.

All 60 municipalities in the county would have to agree to the plan. Commissioners said lawmakers may also have to weigh in.

“It’s a little unclear whether the county alone can do this. We obviously are interested in taking action to help taxpayers. It may necessitate the state also taking action. Sounds like maybe there’s some discussion or bills already moving in the state to do that as well,” Commissioner Josh Parsons said.

Commissioners said the delay could help taxpayers during a time when not many people are getting paid because of business closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. The delay could also hurt some municipalities that depend on the money earlier in the year.

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