About Township Taxes
The Board of Commissioners is only responsible for your Haverford Township tax bill. The School District of Haverford Township is a separate entity; thus, you should direct any quest ions about school taxes to them.
Tax millage rates vary among taxing authorities, and cannot be easily compared because of substantial differences among communities. Properties are taxed based on assessments provided by the Delaware County Assessors Office. Each of the three taxing authorities, i.e., Delaware County, Haverford Township School District, and Haverford Township, sets its own rates, and each bills and collects its taxes separately. Because every municipality is comprised of commercial and residential properties, and Haverford Township has a relatively small percentage of commercial properties, a greater percentage of the tax burden falls upon residential properties. Generally, the more commercial property a municipality has, the lower the millage rate. That is why I have supported measures designed to maximize commercial property/business districts, and it was as a result of my suggestion that the Board of Commissioners created a Business/Economic Development Committee.
Taxes are calculated by taking a property's assessment and multiplying that figure by the millage rate in effect for that particular tax year, and dividing by 1,000. A sample annual tax bill using an average property (residential and commercial) assessment of $172,334, is calculated as follows:
Haverford Township Taxes:
$172,334*7.785 mills/1000 = $1,298.00
Haverford Township School District:
$172,334*29.4719 mills/1000 = $5,075.00
Delaware County Taxes:
$172,334*5.604 mills/1000 = $964.00
With regard to Haverford Township (and other taxing authorities), the Township determines the revenue needed to provide necessary services. This is known as "setting the budget." As part of this process, the Township calculates the amount of revenue that will be generated by licenses, fees, business truces, emergency services (employment) truces, fines and penalties, user fees and service charges, as well as interest on reserves and investments.
Next, the Township deducts the anticipated revenue from the total budget. This remaining figure is funded by property truces, borrowing and/or the sale of bonds. Once the Township determines this figure, it calculates the millage rate by dividing the portion of the budget funded by tax dollars by the fair market value of all taxable property in the Township. One "mill" represents one dollar of true on every $1,000 of taxable property value.
To calculate a property owner's Share of the cost of operating the Township, you multiply the taxable value of the property by the adopted millage rate. The result is the amount of true to be paid by the property owner.
Haverford Township property taxes fund numerous services, which are performed by more than 300 full-, part-time and seasonal employees, including:
• Trash (twice weekly), recycling, leaf and yard waste collection;
• Financial support for five 'volunteer fire companies;
• Emergency medicine/advanced life support, and basic life support ambulance services;
• The Haverford Township Free Library;
• Snow and ice removal;
• Road maintenance, paving and repair;
• Street light maintenance and repair;
• Traffic signal maintenance and repair;
• Park maintenance (we have 35 parks, plus the Skatium and Recreation Center);
• Park and recreation programs;
• Building codes and zoning enforcement; and,
• Health codes and enforcement.