Taxes

Columbia County mails out its county and municipal tax bills on March 1, and its school tax bills on July 1.

Real estate is taxed by the county, municipality, and school district on a millage scale. The county rate is 5.691 mills, and the other rates vary according to municipality and school district. There is a per capita tax, which is $5 to the county, $10 to the school district, and varies from municipality to municipality.

School districts levy an earned income tax, which varies according to district. Municipalities also charge an earned income tax.

To be placed on the tax rolls, new residents should contact Chief Assessor David Good at 389-5642. The office of assessment is in the Columbia County Courthouse, Bloomsburg.

A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed value.

To estimate your total property tax:

Take the assessed value, if known, divide by 1,000 and multiply the result by the appropriate millage specified above. Be sure that you add up all three components of your real estate tax in order to arrive at your total millage: County tax, municipal tax, and school tax.(Note: Assessed value is based on square footage and home design. Multiplying your home's fair market or appraised value by .357 should give you a rough estimate of your assessed value)