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  • Writer's pictureRachel Langan

Millage Explained

What is millage and why should you care about it?


Schools in Pennsylvania are funded with a combination of federal, state, and local government funds. The federal share of education funding is approximately 11 percent; the state pays for nearly 36 percent, and the balance of 53 percent comes from local taxes, typically from property taxes.


WCASD school tax is a tax that homeowners and businesses* pay on the value of property owned. Property tax that is separate from, and calculated in addition to, the taxes that are paid to townships and municipalities.


Property tax rate is calculated by millage. One mill is equal to one one-thousandth of a dollar of property value. In other words, a mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.


In the example below, note the:


1. Type of tax (school real estate).

2. Bill rate (22.0604 mills)

3. Basis (142,850.00) This is the assessed value of the property.

4. Total tax (The amount paid varies depending on whether you pay on time or not.)




To calculate millage for this property:

  • Take the the assessed value of the property ($142,850) and divide by 1000 (since 1 mill is equal to 1/1000th of the property value.)

  • 142,850 divided by 1000 = 142.85

  • Now multiply 142.85 by the mills (22.0604) = $3151.33

  • $3151.33 is the property tax on this property if paid on time.

Tomorrow we'll take a look at the history of mills in the WCASD and next week we'll look at what this means in actual dollars.


*There are some exceptions: non-profits, certain types of farmlands, veterans, etc. are exempted in all or in part (depending on type of exemption) from paying school taxes.

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