The Township Secretary oversees day to day operations of the Township and reports to the Board of Supervisors. There are three functional areas of the Township; Administration, Zoning/Code Enforcement and Public Works.
The Township Secretary and Township Treasurer oversee all fiscal elements of the Township including budget preparation and management, purchasing, contract management, financial reporting, information technology, and human resources.
Real Estate Tax Collection
Per the Second Class Township Code, the position of Real Estate Tax Collector is an elected position. If no one is elected or the elected party declines the post, the Board of Supervisors will appoint someone as Tax Collector.
There are three Real Estate bills levied per year. These include Lehigh County which is mailed out on or about April 1st, Weisenberg Township mailed out on or about April 1st, and the Northwestern Lehigh School District bills which are mailed out on or about July 1st.
A 2% discount is offered if the real estate tax bills are paid within 60 days of billing date. Penalties are added for all bills that are not paid within 120 days of the billing date. Please see tax bills for due dates. Any new construction or additions made to existing properties will receive supplemental tax bills for a partial year based on either the occupancy of the new home, or completion of the addition.
Taxes Paid from ESCROW:
The tax collector does not mail out real estate bills to mortgage companies.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to forward a copy of all real estate tax bills to their mortgage company for payment. Any supplemental bills that are received throughout the year usually are not paid by the mortgage company. Homeowner’s are encouraged to contact their mortgage company to determine if they will pay any supplemental bills.
The elected tax collector only collects Weisenberg Township and Northwestern Lehigh School District Real Estate taxes. Lehigh County collects their own real estate taxes. For information on Lehigh County taxes, property owners should call Lehigh County directly at 610-782-3112.
Real estate taxes are based on the assessed value of the property. The assessed values are determined by the Lehigh County Assessment office. Property owners can appeal the assessed values yearly. Any questions related to the assessed value or how to appeal assessed value should contact Lehigh County Assessment office at 610-782-3038.
It is the property owner responsibility to contact the tax collector if they do not receive a tax bill. Failure to receive a real estate tax bill does not entitle the owner to discount or remission of penalty if paying after the due dates.
Earned Income Tax
Weisenberg Township has contracted with Berkheimer Tax Administrators for the collection of the earned income tax from all Weisenberg Township residents as well as the employees of all township businesses. The tax is 1% of an individual’s gross earned income. Of the 1% collected, Weisenberg Township receives 0.5% and the Northwestern Lehigh School District receives 0.5%. The contact information for Berkheimer Tax Administrators is:
H.A. Berkheimer, Inc.
50 N 7th Street
Bangor, PA 18013
Telephone: 1-(866)-701-7206 or (610)-588-0965
Fax: (610) 588-5765
609 West Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Telephone: (610) 588-0965
Forms for individuals and employers can be found on Berkheimer’s website listed above. Any questions related to Earned Income Tax should be directed to Berkheimer Tax Administrators at the number noted above.
Local Services Tax
Weisenberg Township and the Northwestern Lehigh School District impose the local service tax at the combined rate of $52.00. Berkheimer Tax administrators are the collectors and administrators of the Local Service Tax on behalf of Weisenberg Township ad Northwestern Lehigh School District. The tax is withheld from your paycheck. If you are self-employed, you are responsible for self-remitting the tax. Contact Berkheimer for further information.
There are some exemptions available. Please visit the www.hab-inc.com for exemption reasons and forms.
Individuals who work for more than one employer and have had the tax deducted more than once may claim a refund. The applications for refund form are available at www.hab-inc.com
For more information, please contact Berkheimer Tax Administrators at 610-559-3142.
What are current the Real Estate Tax Rates for Weisenberg Township property owners?
Real Estate Taxes:
County – 3.68 mills, Township – .56 mills, School District – 15.9631 mills (rates as of 1/12/2015)
Township Earned Income Tax:
0.5%; School Earned Income Tax – 0.5% Weisenberg Township
Township Local Services Tax:
State Income Tax:
Real Estate Transfer Tax:
Total of 2 % on the purchase price is comprised of the following distribution – State 1%;
Northwestern Lehigh School District – 0.5%; and Weisenberg Township 0.5%.
Rates in other municipalities may differ.
How do I contact the Elected Real Estate Tax Collector?
For Real Estate Tax Information, please contact the Elected Real Estate Collector pursuant to the information found in the Administrative Directory.
Weisenberg Township 2016 Fund Budget
Weisenberg Township 2015 Fund Budget
Weisenberg Township 2014 Fund Budget