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Information about voter registration and elections can be found at the Centre County Office of Elections and Voter Registration Website. Information on voting in Pennsylvania can also be found at VotesPA.com.
You can subscribe to a list to be notified when the agenda becomes available on the Borough's website. Council usually meets the first and third Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in a regular meeting and the second Monday evening at 7 p.m. in a work session. To see when Council is meeting, visit the Borough's Calendar. Agendas are usually posted on Friday for Monday meetings. To see a list of current agenda items, click here.
You can subscribe to a list to be notified when minutes are available on the Borough website.
A mill is a Real Estate tax rate. The rate is expressed as a rate per thousand, which is why it’s called “mill.” In order to calculate the Real Estate taxes for a property in the State College Borough, you use the following formula: ((Assessed Value – Homestead Exclusion)/1,000) x Millage Rate. By way of example, let us say your home has an assessed value of $250,000. Your Real Estate taxes for 2015 would be calculated as follows: ((250,000 - 25,000) /1,000) x 14.4 = $3,240. The Assessed Value is 50% of the 1995 market value. When a home is sold, or built, the County Assessment Office uses a formula to calculate the 1995 Market Value to determine the Assessed Value. The Taxable Assessed The 2020 Taxable Assessed Value was $549,881,685 making the value of 1 mill = $549,881.69.
The answer is both yes and no. The Borough’s bank account is not approaching zero. Borough Council has adopted a policy of keeping a reserve of two months of annual expenses for the General Fund. That reserve is in place to provide for fluctuations in cash flow and to provide an emergency fund if the Borough experiences some unexpected emergency.
Centre County estimates the assessed value of tax-exempt property. Based on the best information available, the total Assessed Value for Penn State property in the Borough was $345.6 million in 2020. If the property were taxable, the resulting 2020 real estate tax payment to the Borough would be approximately $6.3 million.
The Borough does maintain a Capitalization and Depreciation policy, which is published in the "Policies and Processes" section of the 2015 Budget beginning on page B-12, should you be interested in more detailed information. The policy offers guidance to management in complying with financial reporting requirements and for planning for the logical replacement of capital assets.
In general, three factors are used to determine the method and timing of replacement: cost, useful life and salvage value. There are, however, some assets (e.g. computers) that have a negligible salvage value at their useful life, so useful life is the only deciding factor for replacement. Computers and Equipment are replaced according to their estimated useful life of 3-7 years. Vehicles, on the other hand, are replaced according to their estimated useful life of 3-12 years, provided that the vehicle under consideration also meets the Borough's minimum mileage/hours use requirement.
The Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Returns can be obtained by visiting the Centre Tax Agency webpage or by contacting the tax office at (814) 278-4709. It should be noted that taxpayers do have the option to file the local tax return on-line through the eFiling module. The eFiling module can be accessed through Services.
The tax office recommends that you gather together the following items that will be needed during the online interview process:
Contact the Centre Tax Agency by phone at (814) 278-4709 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Centre Tax Agency is located in the State College Municipal Building, 243 South Allen Street, State College, Pennsylvania.
An extension form with applicable payment must be submitted to Centre Tax Agency by the due date as indicated on the extension form. An extension form DOES NOT grant an extended time to pay a balance due and DOES NOT waive penalty and interest. It only extends the time to file a local Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Return. Centre Tax Agency would also accept a copy of the Federal or State extension form if filed by the due date.
Visit the Centre Region Parks and Recreation website for more information.
Any property owner desiring the connection of a service or lines to their premises must make a written application on the form furnished by the Authority giving all information required, at least twenty (20) days before service is required, which application must be approved by the Authority or its duly authorized agent before the water will be supplied. When required in writing by property owner, application for water service may be received from a tenant under the condition that the owner acts as a guarantor for the payment of all charges. Such action shall not relieve the owner of any obligation which exists under the Rules and Regulations of the Authority.
According to PA Act 287, anyone digging in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must contact Pennsylvania One Call at 8-1-1, before beginning excavation to avoid damaging underground utilities.
Yes, Pennsylvania Act 101 mandates recycling for many communities including State College, College, Harris, Ferguson, Harris and Patton. All residents and businesses are required to recycle the following:
In addition to these items, the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority will no longer accept covered devices (electronics) as refuse.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) is responsible for curbside recycling in State College. To contact CCRRA call (814) 238-7005 or visit the CCRRA office during regular operating hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CCRRA’s transfer station is located behind the mall at 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
Recycling drop-off bins are available 24/7.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority provides red bins for residential recycling and blue bins for multifamily housing units and commercial recycling. Visit CCRRA's website to find out how to obtain a bin.
State College Borough provides bins for both trash and organics recycling. Each property is assigned two distinctive carts, one to be used for regular trash (black lid) and one for organic waste collection (green lid). Through a mailed survey, each residence had the opportunity to select the size cart to be used for each collection: 35-gallon (2-3 tall kitchen bags), 65-gallon (4-6 tall kitchen bags) and 95-gallon (7-9 tall kitchen bags). Contact the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135 with any questions.
Curbside refuse and recycling collection occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Bulk and brush item collection begins on Monday of each week unless there is a holiday.
Routes are planned to allow early access to areas where parked cars will pose a problem for collection vehicles. Curbside collection of trash and recycling, including organics, occur on the same day. Check the map provided or call (814) 234-7135 to find out the day of your collection.
Yes, see the holiday refuse schedule for more information.
Holiday Refuse Schedule
Automated collection is a new collection method in State College, but is used across the Commonwealth and around the world. Each residence is provided a wheeled cart for refuse and a wheeled cart for organics. Carts are rolled to the street on collection day. The collection truck will lift and dump the container, replacing it at the curb. The operator almost never leaves the truck and controls the entire process from the driver’s seat.
Place your carts at the curb the night before collection day. Carts must be placed out for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Retrieve your carts by the end of your collection day. Crews work 10-hour days; therefore, your carts may be collected late in the day. Please wait an appropriate amount of time before calling in a missed cart.
Yes, if you use the correct bags. For example, paper grocery bags are compostable. Compostable plastic bags are also available. Do not use “bio-degradable” bags, unless the product also says “compostable.” Even "bio-degradable" bags may breakdown into compounds that are undesirable in finished compost.
At-door service is offered for residual waste (garbage) for a fee unless you have a medical exemption. As with other recycling, organics must be taken to the curb. To request medical exempt status for at-door collect, please contact the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135.
Bulk items are collected on a regular weekly schedule, except during holiday weeks. It is necessary to call in or complete the web form to request a bulk item collection. Call (814) 234-7135 to arrange for bulk pick up or select the "Submit a Service Request" button on the Borough's homepage to access the bulk item request form.
During the fall leaf collection season, leaves are collected at the curb every over week. During the spring leaf collection season, leaves are collected every week. During the winter and summer months, leaves can be deposited in the organics recycling bin for collection.
To view the current leaf collection schedule and find out how to prepare your leaves for collection, visit the Refuse and Recycling webpage. If you choose to opt out of the organics recycling program, leaves can be dropped off at Glenn O. Hawbaker Recycling Centre during the summer and winter.
There are many ways you can learn about volunteer opportunities in State College.
First, find organizations seeking volunteers through a volunteer network database:
Second, Find local volunteer opportunities through an organization like the Community Help Center: Along with assisting clients, the Community Help Center also helps members in our community who are looking for a volunteer opportunity. Depending on the person's interests, the organization will work to place them either at Community Help Centre or with another agency in the area.
Before contacting the a local volunteer agency, consider why you want to volunteer, how much time you have to donate, what issues you want to address and what populations of people you want to work with. Call 814-234-8222 or stop in the Centre Helps at 141 West Beaver Ave to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests.