Lackawanna County Glitch Causes 1,296 Incorrect School Tax Bills

August 28, 2018

SCRANTON — A glitch kept some Lackawanna County residents’ applications for Homestead/Farmstead exemptions from being processed by the April 30 cutoff date, resulting in 1,296 incorrect school tax bills being mailed, county officials said Tuesday. The affected bills failed to include homestead/farmstead deductions, but all files have been corrected. The county is leaving it up to the school districts to decide if they want to mail corrected bills. Otherwise, school tax collectors can accept payment, check the amount paid against the correct amount due and issue a refund if necessary. All county and municipal tax bills are accurate. Corrections to school tax bills were made as quickly as possible to allow residents to pay their taxes within the discount period, by Sept. 30. In a statement, the county said it “sincerely regrets” any inconvenience. — JEFF HORVATH

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