Residents receive an annual tax bill in March representing your Middle Smithfield Township municipal taxes (1.75 mills), Monroe County taxes (3.2273 mills), and Library taxes (0.169 mills). Residents also receive an annual school tax bill in August. School taxes are levied by the school district in which you live and are not collected by the township.
Close to 73% of the residential properties in Middle Smithfield Township pay less than $300 a year in municipal taxes (less than $25/month). 95% of residential properties in Middle Smithfield Township pay less than $500 each year in municipal taxes (less than $42/month).
Please direct questions about how to pay your municipal taxes to the Middle Smithfield Township Tax Collector, Dawn Arnst.
What is a mill?
One mill represents $1 for every $1,000 that a property is assessed. This means that with an assessment of $100,000 = 100 x 1.75 mills is $175 in taxes annually for every property assessed at $100,000 in market value.
How are taxes assessed?
Tax is on the value of real property, including land, buildings, and other improvements, owned by a tax payer. Amount of real property tax owned depends on the value of the property and the local tax rate. For taxing purposes, property values are determined by an assessment process conducted by county government.
The more than 100,000 parcels in Monroe County are assessed at 100 percent of their perceived actual market value. A home assessed at $100,000 should have a market value of $100,000. All pre-existing homes and buildings in the county were first reassessed in 1988 to arrive at common comparison values, and were last reassessed in 2019.
School districts, townships, boroughs, libraries, and county government use millage to arrive at a tax rate. Each mill represents $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of assessed value. Therefore, a school district with a tax rate of 30.72 mills, or $30.72 per $1,000 of assessment, will charge the owner of a $100,000 home assessed at $100,000, a school tax bill of $3,072 (100 x 0.3072 mills).
Your Municipal Taxes Provide:
- 74 Miles of municipal roads maintained. This includes several bridges, snow plowing/ClearLane/cinders, at least 8 miles of roads paved every year, drains cleaned, trees trimmed, and spring and fall leaf pick up.
- Recycling program, including the leaf composting facility.
- Twice annual Dumpster Day/Township Cleanup.
- Community reinvestment:
- Building a sense of community, for example, litter and beautification efforts such as Adopt-a-Road and litter clean-up “1000 feet of Street” at a time, streetscaping, and community events.
- Note: The cost of events such as Memory Makers and the Tree Lighting are defrayed by sponsorships of our local businesses – some events such as the Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat, and Person of the Year have been 100% funded by our sponsors!
- Economic Development: Supporting our local businesses through programs such as Restaurant Week and Shop Local, and a new “Revitalize 209” program
- 5 Established parks.
- Echo Lake Park on Milford Road
- Judy Putek Park on Municipal Drive
- Resica Park on Gravel Ridge
- Community Gardens Park on Coolbaugh Road
- Leroy Lewis Dog Park at Leroy’s Lane
- Golf Course and Banquet Hall (currently seeking a new owner)
- Community planning, such as the updated Comprehensive Plan, zoning and zoning enforcement (such as cleanup and blighted areas).
- Communication and information (newsletters, new website, Facebook, MST message boards, signage, etc.).
Community involvement: Committees, Boards and Commissions to facilitate resident engagement. These include Historical, Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Litter and Beautification, and Golf.