Property taxes make a big difference in your monthly payment and are a big expense of owning a home. Comparing the highest and lowest property tax rate in Delaware County for a property with taxes around $4000/year the difference in sales price is $350,100 using the 2 examples below. That is just crazy that you would pay the same taxes for a $54,000 rowhome and a $400,000 townhouse and they are about 18 miles apart from each other! To get the yearly property taxes you multiply the property assessment by the tax rate.
The highest rate in Delaware county is Colwyn Boro at 0.074544. Colwyn currently has 6 homes for sale and the average listing price is $59,800 There is a house for sale located at 617 Tribet Pl. Darby, PA 19023 for $37,900. The assessment on that house is $54,820 x 0.074544 Colwyn Boro rate = $4,087/year in property taxes.
The lowest rate in Delaware county is Thornbury township at 0.0203153. There are 27 houses for sale and the average listing price is $829,630. There is a house for sale at 26 Newberry Ct. Glen Mills, PA 19342 and they are asking $409,900. The assessment is $223,738 x 0.0203153 Thornbury township in Delaware County tax rate = $4,545/year in property taxes.
The total property tax rate is broken down into 3 parts. The Delaware county rate is 0.005604. The municipal rate varies. Then there is the school district rate. West Chester district in Delaware county is the lowest in at 0.0147113. West Chester school district is mostly in Chester county but a small amount is in Delaware county. There is no municipal tax in Thornbury township in Delaware county so it is just the county and school rate that makes up the total property tax rate. There are 6 school districts with the highest school district tax rate at 0.04374 in the county. Choosing the school district to live in is important because it is the majority of your property taxes.