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Figures show tax value shift

Calculations indicate how much more or less to county each municipality must pay.

New calculations show which municipalities on the whole are experiencing the most shifting of value because of Luzerne County’s reassessment.

The figures, compiled by reassessment company 21st Century Appraisals Inc., analyze how much more or less each municipality will be contributing toward county government taxes (not school and local) under the new tax base.

Tim Barr, of 21st Century, said the figures also indicate which areas have realized the biggest real estate value gains since the last reassessment in 1965.

Harveys Lake has the largest increase – 120 percent – followed by Penn Lake Park, at 78 percent.

The biggest drop occurred in Laflin, which will see a 19 percent decrease in overall county tax contributions. Wright Township came in second, with an 18-percent decrease.

It’s important to note that these percentages factor in all values for the municipality, which means that individual property owners may experience different percentage increases or decreases.

Here are the other municipalities that went up in value, based on their future county tax contributions, followed by the percentages:

Nuangola, 41; Lake Twp., 25; Lehman Twp., 24; Jeddo, 21; Pringle, 19; Fairmount Twp. and Ross Twp., 18; Jackson Twp., 16; Black Creek Twp., Franklin Twp., Luzerne, Shickshinny, Slocum Twp. and Union Twp., 15; Bear Creek Twp. and Huntington Twp., 14; New Columbus, 13; Dennison Twp., Exeter Twp. and Hunlock Twp., 12; Buck Twp., Dorrance Twp., Forty Fort, Plymouth Twp. and Bear Creek Village, 11; Avoca, Foster Twp. and Kingston Twp., 10; Swoyersville, 9; Conyngham Twp., Dallas, Duryea, Rice Twp. and West Pittston, 8; Courtdale and Newport Twp., 7; Ashley, 6; Nanticoke, 5; Nescopeck and Pittston, 4; Dallas Twp. and Sugar Notch, 3; Freeland, Larksville and Plymouth, 2; and West Wyoming, 1.

Four municipalities – Edwardsville, Kingston, Wyoming and White Haven – had zero change, which means they’ll be contributing about the same for county taxes on the whole.

On the flip side, here are the other municipalities that had overall decreases:

West Hazleton, -16; Conyngham, -15; Hanover Twp., -14; Pittston Twp., -12; Hazle Twp., Warrior Run and Yatesville, -11; Salem Twp., -9; Jenkins Twp. and Sugarloaf Twp., -8; Wilkes-Barre Twp., -7; Exeter, Laurel Run and Wilkes-Barre, -6; Hughestown and Nescopeck Twp., -5; Butler Twp. and Plains Twp., -4; Dupont, Hollenback Twp. and Hazleton, -3; and Fairview Twp., -2.

The percentages are subject to change in coming weeks as the county continues to flush out the impact of thousands of formal assessment appeal rulings set to be issued at the end of December.

For example, the Harveys Lake share of county taxes was projected to increase 133 percent when the new assessed values were originally issued, but assessment reductions since then have pulled back that percentage to 120.

Buck Township was originally second in increases at 108 percent when the original values were issued, but significant assessment reductions have lowered its hike to 11 percent.

In comparison, Wilkes-Barre Township originally had a 9 percent reduction in county tax contributions, but the reshifting from assessment appeals has now placed the township at -7 percent.

Barr also publicly released a breakdown of old and estimated new millage rates on Friday to help property owners figure out their new tax bills and understand that millage rates will be drastically reduced to comply with an anti-windfall reassessment mandate.

Taxing bodies may only increase revenue 10 percent in the year after reassessment, which means they must lower millage rates to compensate for the drastic rise from modernizing assessments.

old and new combined rates
Municipality Old school/county/local millage rate combined New estimated school/county/local millage rate combined
Ashley 418.9 18.457
Avoca 388.900 16.121
Black Creek Twp. 283.292 11.849
Bear Creek Twp. 391.900 16.531
Buck Twp. 394.900 16.641
Butler Twp. 278.292 11.735
Courtdale 422.900 16.644
Conyngham Borough 298.292 12.733
Conyngham Twp. 364.900 14.147
Dallas Twp. 360.900 13.949
Dallas Borough 373.900 14.416
Dorrance Twp. 292.200 12.021
Dennison Twp. 296.200 12.162
Duryea 393.900 16.330
Dupont 391.900 16.356
Exeter Borough 384.570 15.506
Exeter Twp. 383.570 15.276
Edwardsville 440.400 17.467
Fairmount Twp. 331.400 12.224
Fairview Twp. 303.200 12.519
Forty Fort 429.900 16.858
Freeland 307.292 12.863
Foster Twp. 284.292 11.910
Franklin Twp. 361.900 13.931
Hanover Twp. 415.900 18.688
Hazle Twp. 280.292 11.854
Hollenback Twp. 319.400 13.671
Hughestown 396.900 16.598
Hunlock Twp. 323.400 11.964
Huntington Twp. 323.400 11.958
Jackson Twp. 366.450 11.771
Jeddo 279.292 11.690
Jenkins Twp. 385.900 16.155
Kingston 412.900 16.346
Kingston Twp. 357.900 13.803
Laflin 421.900 18.028
Lake Twp. 358.450 11.472
Larksville 434.900 17.191
Laurel Run 421.900 17.826
Lehman Twp. 365.450 11.702
Luzerne 424.900 16.621
Nanticoke 388.400 15.079
Nescopeck 342.400 14.556
Nescopeck Twp. 337.400 14.446
New Columbus 325.400 12.033
Newport Twp. 381.900 14.800
Nuangola 298.200 12.132
Plymouth Borough 444.200 17.559
Plymouth Twp. 377.900 14.603
Plains Twp. 429.900 18.140
Pittston Twp. 366.900 15.312
Pringle 398.400 15.667
Rice Twp. 291.200 11.991
Ross Twp. 355.950 11.402
Salem Twp. 321.400 13.776
Shickshinny 345.400 12.728
Slocum Twp. 284.200 11.728
Sugarloaf Twp. 282.192 11.923
Swoyersville 410.900 16.174
Sugar Notch 407.900 18.064
Union Twp. 321.400 11.884
Warrior Run 407.900 18.251
West Hazleton 304.292 13.037
Wright Twp. 294.200 12.225
West Pittston 385.570 15.385
West Wyoming 386.570 15.509
Wyoming 386.570 15.520
White Haven 325.200 13.398
Wilkes-Barre Twp. 416.900 17.623
Yatesville 379.900 15.903
Hazleton 309.092 13.019
Pittston 366.900 15.312
Wilkes-Barre 391.900 16.531
Harveys Lake 379.450 11.731
Penn Lake Park 301.200 12.115
Bear Creek Village 396.900 16.714

NOTE: The municipal portion of tax millages was not factored into the before or after rates for Pittston Township, Wilkes-Barre City or Pittston City because figures were not available. Millage rates for these three municipalities include only school and county taxes.

How to use these numbers:

To calculate your future estimated tax bills, take your new assessed value, divide it by 1,000 and then multiply it by the new millage rate in the last column.

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