Tax Collection

Elected Tax Collector
 Melva Kready is the elected tax collector and can be reached at the Rapho   Township Municipal Building at:
971 North Colebrook Road
Manheim, PA 17545

The hours are on Mondays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. You may also contact her by phone at 717-665-3827.
 
Additional Hours for 2016
 
         Wednesday, April 13, 2016    4-7 p.m.

         Wednesday, April 20, 2016    4-7 p.m.

         Wednesday, April 27, 2016    4-7 p.m.
Responsibilities
 The Tax Collector is elected to this position for a 4-year term.  The Tax Collector's powers, duties and liabilities are established by the Second Class Township Code. The Tax Collector is required to be bonded and is responsible to maintain the records, provide duplicate tax bills, verify payments and account information, and provide a receipt of payment.

The Tax Collector collects the county / municpal tax commonly known as the "Spring Tax" and the Street Light User Fee for specific developments in the township. 
 
Real Estate Taxes
The county / municipal tax you owe depends on the millage rate and the assessed value of your property, including buildings. The Lancaster County Property Assessment Office determines the assessed value for each property. If you have any questions about the assessed value you may contact them at 717-299-8381. The current millage for Lancaster County is 3.735 and the mileage for Rapho Township is 1.75 for a total of 5.485. In order to determine the amount of your taxes, multiply your assessed value by .005485. For example, if your assessed property value is 100,000, multiply 100,000 by .005485 and your tax base amount would be $548.50.
 
If a paid receipt is needed, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your payment. If a receipt for a previous year is needed for tax rebate purposes, a self-addressed stamped envelope will need to be mailed to the tax collector in order to receive your proof of payment. You may also pick up a receipt at the office only during tax hours.
 
Street Light User Fee
The developments in Rapho Township that have street lights are charged a user fee.  Because the majority of the township does not have street lights this fee is billed to the property owners in those developments to cover the cost of the electricity for the street lights. The developments with street light billing are Willow Creek, Green Park, Elm Tree in Mount Joy and Pleasant View, Covey Run in Manheim.
 
This bill arrives around the same time as the county tax bill (in February) and is payable to the tax collector.  The funds are deposited into the Township's Streetlight Fund and are used only for covering the cost of electricity to operate the street lights. This is done according the the Second Class Township Code, Article XX Streetlight, Section 2003 and has been adopted by Rapho Township with a Resolution.