Deadline looms for tax relief

Applications for homestead, farmstead exemptions due Wednesday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Wednesday is the last day for property owners to apply for the homestead and farmstead exemptions that can be applied to school property tax bills to be mailed in July.

The state, which established the property tax relief program, sets the annual March 1 deadline for new homestead/farmstead applications to be filed with the county tax assessor’s office. Owners who have previously secured a homestead or farmstead exemption for their properties are not required to reapply.

In Blair County, new applications can be mailed, but they must show a March 1 postmark to be eligible for a break on the 2016-17 school property tax bill. In the alternative, applications can be dropped off before Wednesday at the assessor’s office in the courthouse basement.

Applications are available in the tax assessment office, and they’re posted online at www.blairco.org, under a link about the assessment department.

For the 2015-16 school year, property owners in Blair County school districts received tax breaks ranging from $81 to $233. Tax breaks for the 2016-17 school year have not yet been calculated.