Amber Martin, Lancaster County Treasurer
WELCOME! Thank you for visiting our website. The Lancaster County Treasurer has a range of duties unique in the Commonwealth and is elected to this office for four years. While the County Treasurer does not set tax rates (the County Commissioners have this authority), the County Treasurer is responsible for collecting county and municipal taxes in districts without an independently elected tax collector. Our office does not collect current year taxes for any school district in Lancaster County. If you are concerned about your county/municipal tax bill and unable to pay your tax bill, please contact me to see if there are options available. Our office is here to help!
NEW OFFICE HOURS
Please be advised that our office feels privileged to serve you. To provide greater opportunities for tax-payers to meet with our team personally, we have expanded our in-person office hours by opening earlier:
- Our office will be open by appointment only for in-person meetings from 8:00 am - 8:30 am, Monday - Friday.
- Our office opens at our regular time with all other County Offices at 8:30 am - you do not need an appointment to meet in person with our team during 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
- Our office will be open by appointment only for in-person meetings from 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. However, we also offer a virtual treasurer program that may be a more convenient option for you. Please check it out below:
NEW VIRTUAL TREASURER PROGRAM
Are you tired of driving into the city to discuss your dog license, doe license, hotel taxes, or property taxes? The Lancaster County Treasurer’s office is offering our Virtual Treasurer program - so constituents do not have to be burdened with coming into our office. If you wish to have an online meeting or schedule a call with one of our team members, please email MartinA@co.lancaster.pa.us to schedule an appointment. Please provide your name, address, the reason for the meeting request, and the dates and times you prefer to have the virtual meeting, and we will get you scheduled! Please note that our Virtual Treasurer Program is also offering some Saturday hours!
We look forward to connecting with you!
Amber Martin, Lancaster County Treasurer
2022 COUNTY/MUNICIPAL PROPERTY TAX DUE DATES:
- By April 30, 2022 to receive the 2% discount
- By June 30, 2022 to pay the base rate
- After June 30, 2022, 10% penalty
A fundamental duty is the receipt of county taxes. The real estate tax is the main source of revenue for county government. The county treasurer is responsible for collecting taxes on approximately 150,000 of the 185,000 taxable properties in Lancaster County. Lancaster County currently collects taxes for 45 out of 60 taxing districts throughout Lancaster County. The remaining 15 districts that the County of Lancaster does not collect property taxes, have their own elected tax collectors.
Should a property owner fall behind in their regularly scheduled property tax payments, the Tax Claim Bureau within the Treasurer's Office will work with taxpayers to assist them in meeting their obligations.
The treasurer collects delinquent real estate taxes for the county, as well as for each municipality and school district within the county.
(Amounts are NOT certified. Total due is subject to change. Interest
accrues monthly on the first day of a new month.)
Another function of the county treasurer is to serve on the county Employee Retirement Board with the three commissioners and controller. The purpose of this retirement board is to invest member contributions in a fiscally prudent manner so that when employees retire, they will have a steady source of retirement income. There is approximately $250 million for which the board is responsible.
Investing County Receipts
The county treasurer is also responsible for investing county receipts in short to intermediate term investments until such funds are needed for general county operational costs or otherwise properly disbursed. This amount usually approximates $20 to $30 million, but can get as high as $60 to $70 million during brief periods of time.