CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The deadline for property owners in Franklin County to apply for Act 1 homestead and farmstead exemptions is about two weeks away, but thousands of those who are eligible have yet to send theirs in, said Gary Martin, the county's chief assessor.
During a workshop meeting Tuesday with the Board of County Commissioners, Martin said about 15,000 applications were mailed out in late
December, but only about one-third of them have been returned to the Tax Assessment Office. The deadline to apply for an exemption is March 1, he said.
Some 32,000 of the exemptions were approved for qualified home and farm owners since the passage of Act 72 of 2004, a property tax reform law that few school districts passed and which was superseded by Act 1 in 2006.