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James Mansfo…, Home Buyer in 18344

Why property tax in Strousburg is so much highter than other cities ?

Asked by James Mansford, 18344 Tue Dec 16, 2008

I found many attractively priced properties for sale in E. Stroudsburg, but when I look at the property tax, it is 2 or 3 times higher than other cities. This makes it not so attractive anymore. Any experts know why is it so high ? Is there anyway to lower it ? Are they building many more schools in E. Strousburg, that makes the property tax so high ?

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i have heard its based on bedrooms and bathrooms but i cant understand that . i was looking at a 6,000 sq ft home and the tax was $19,000 A YEAR! and this was common in e stroudsburg.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 17, 2013
It is hard to comment without knowing what you are comparing to. But generally, tax assessments are based on value, which is based on size of home & property, age, amenities, etc. Ideally, similar homes within the county will have the same tax assessment, although it does not always work that way because values can vary based on location...things closer to the Delaware Water Gap tend to be valued higher, some neighborhoods are worth more, etc.

The other factor that determines the taxes is the individual municipality and school districts' tax rate, and all of our districts have grown over the past several years, increasing the need for tax revenue.

So, a combination of these two factors, value & tax rate, account for the tax amounts you are seeing. There are ways to appeal the tax assessments through the county if a homeowner feels they are unfairly assessed.

If you have specific properties you are comparing that you would like further analysis of, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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