1. What is the year of your last re-assessment?
2. What is the Assessment Ratio of Clarion County?
3. What is the Assessment Ratio?
The assessment ratio is the percentage of market value used to compute the assessment.
4. What is Actual Market Value?
The Courts of Pennsylvania have held that with respect to real estate tax assessments, "Market Value" of real estate is the price which the Purchaser, willing, but not obligated to buy, would pay the Owner, willing, but not obligated to sell, taking into consideration the highest and best use of the property.
5. What is meant by the term "millage"?
A term commonly used to express the property tax derived from the word "mill", expressed in decimal one mill equals $.001.
In computing taxes, it is used in this formula
Assessed Value x Millage = Property Tax
Example: A property assessed or valued at $22,305 multiplied by the millage rate of .022 equals $490.71 in taxes.
6. Who sets the millage rate?
The County Commissioners set it for the County, the Borough Council sets it for the Borough, the Township Supervisors set it for the Township, and the School Board sets it for the School Districts.
7. What is the responsibility of the Assessment Office?
The County Assessment Office, in addition to maintaining assessment records and tax maps, is to see to it that all properties are assessed in a uniform and equitable manner.
8. If my assessment is changed, am I notified?
Yes, if the assessment office changes your assessment, you are notified at your last known address.
9. If I feel I am over assessed what can I do about it?
You must file a written intention to appeal on forms available at the assessment office or on the County Website.