Brookville, PA – If you live in the Brookville Area School District, you might have gotten a letter about a new occupational tax.
Although Brookville hasn’t had an occupational tax for the last decade or so, the board decided to reinstate it. This is actually a lower rate than what people paid ten years ago.
The tax has reappeared because Brookville School District has made cuts to some programs but still is having funding issues.
Not everyone will have to pay the full tax. In fact, you should not just assume that you need to pay the $105 that you were billed. Only pay the $105 if you are in a professional/managerial occupation. Skilled laborers will be taxed $85 and regular laborers will be taxed $50.
If you are retired, a homemaker, active US military, clergy, full-time student, or unemployed, you are exempt from the tax and will pay nothing. You’ll have to fill out an exemption form by Oct. 31.
If you have any questions about the tax, call the Brookville School District at 814-849-1103.
The exemption form is available on the District’s website (www.basd.us) under “Latest News”, at the District’s Administrative Office, or by calling 814-849-1103. The office is located at 104 Jenks Street, Brookville, PA, and office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All tax bills were prepared with the professional/managerial assessment. But, the tax is levied at three levels ($50 for laborers, $85 for skilled labor, and $105 for professional/managerial), with examples of occupations for each category listed on the reverse side of the form.
DO NOT just pay the $105 you were billed. Only pay the $105 if you are in a professional/managerial occupation. If you need to adjust your assessment to either laborer or skilled labor, fill out the form listing your adjusted occupation and mail the following three items to HAB-MISC, PO Box 25144, Lehigh Valley, PA 18002:
1) the signed form certifying your assessment adjustment,
2) the stub from your original bill noting your revised amount, and
3) your payment of the adjusted amount due to Berkheimer.
With state and federal budgets shrinking, public schools are expected to do more with less. We at Brookville Area School District have reduced the number of administrators, combined job descriptions, and are now considering consolidating buildings, all in an effort to keep our costs as low as possible, yet maintain all of the programs that our community values.
If you have any questions regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to call the Brookville Area School District at 814-849-1103.