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Cranberry’s government operations are financed by a combination of user fees and taxes on real estate, business revenues, individual earned income, property transactions, and local employment.  The Township uses both contractors and elected tax collectors to collect recurring tax payments.  Butler County’s Recorder of Deeds collects real estate transfer taxes at the time a property is sold.  Real Estate Property Taxes are based on Butler County’s property assessment in 1969 dollars.  

Tax information summary  What you need to know about local taxes. Cranberry is a low tax community, and the value you get for each tax dollar is high.

Cranberry Tax Rate History  Property tax rates in mills for Township residents and property owners from 1973 to the present. 

Major Real Estate Tax Payers A listing of the Township’s largest real estate taxpayers.  Their combined assessment represents more than 15% of Cranberry’s total assessed property value.

Current Tax Rates

Rate

Real Estate Property Tax (does not include County or School District tax)

13 mills

Earned Income (0.5% Township, 0.5% School District)

1%

Local Services Tax

$52/yr.

Real Estate Transfer Tax (does not include State or School District tax)

0.5%

Business Privilege/Mercantile Tax

1 mill

Real Estate (Property) Tax Collection Procedures and Schedule of Tax Notices 

Real estate taxes may be paid at a 2% discount within two months from the date of the tax notice.  Payments made between two months and four months after the notice are payable at face value.  After that, the penalty for late payment is ten percent of the amount of the tax. Unpaid taxes are turned over to the Butler County Tax Claim Bureau after one year.  A sheriff’s sale is conducted on the property if settlement is not made within one additional year.

County / Township Tax Notice Schedule
March 1 - mailed
April 30 - last day of discount
June 30 - last day of face
December 31 - last day of penalty
School Tax Notice Schedule
August 1 - mailed
September 30 - last day of discount
November 30 - last day of face
December 31 - last day of penalty

Property Tax Office  The office of the elected property tax collector, P.J. Lynd, located in the Municipal Center. He is responsible for collecting Cranberry Township property taxes, Butler County property taxes, and Seneca Valley School District property taxes, as well as for certifications on property and mobile homes being sold or refinanced, as well as for other property-related information. Contact the tax office at 724-776-1103 or by email at P.J. Lynd  

Earned Income Tax  The Earned Income Tax for Cranberry Township is 1% on the earned income of Cranberry Township residents, regardless of where they work. The Act 511 tax is collected by our appointed collector, Berkheimer Tax Administrator, and distributed equally between the Township and the Seneca Valley School District.  Earned income tax should be reconciled on a form provided by the tax collector by April 15..

Taxpayers may use the Berkheimer website to submit online payments. Online payment method for business and individual taxes or visit the local office for Butler County at 103 South Duffy Road, Butler, PA 16001, 724-282-0377. Map and directions 

Local Services Tax  The Local Services tax is $52 a year for everyone who works in Cranberry Township, including self-employed persons.  People who earn less than $12,000 per year are exempt from the tax. This tax is collected by our appointed tax collector, Berkheimer Tax Administrator

Business Privilege / Mercantile Tax & Licenses  Cranberry levies a 1 mill tax ($1 per $1,000) on gross receipts for product sales and for services provided by companies based in the Township.  This tax is collected by our appointed tax collector, Berkheimer Tax Administrator.

Real Estate Transfer Tax   The Real Estate Transfer Tax rate is 2% of the property sales price; Cranberry’s share of that is 0.5%, the state gets another 1%, and Seneca Valley School District gets 0.5%.  It is levied on all property transfers in the Township. For details, visit the Butler County Recorder of Deeds.


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