Prepayment of 2018-19 School Taxes Prohibited by State Law

We have received many requests to accept early payment of the 2018-19 school taxes in response to Federal tax law changes. However, Pennsylvania State Statute (Title 72 P.S. Taxation and Fiscal Affairs § 5511.15.15) prohibits UCFSD from accepting such payments when the taxes have not been assessed or levied. UCFSD will not be assessing or levying taxes for the 2018-19 school fiscal year until June of 2018.

Tax Millage Rates for 2017-18
  • Chester County Residents, 28.41 mills 
  • Chadds Ford, Delaware County Residents, 23.63 mills


P.O. BOX 4065 


Payment Information

Tax bills will be mailed on June 30, 2017. If you do not receive a tax bill by the 2nd week of July, please call the tax office at 610-347-0970 Ext. 3321 to request another copy.

Failure to receive a tax bill does not entitle owner to discount or remission of penalty on taxes.

It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to forward their tax bill to their mortgage company if their taxes are held in escrow.

Early Payment Discount: Discount amount (face minus 2%) is due by Aug. 31, the face amount is due by Oct. 31 and the penalty amount (face + 7.5%) is due by Dec. 31. If taxes are not paid by Dec. 31 they will be turned over to the county tax claim bureau for collection.

Postmark is accepted for payment.

Credit cards: are now accepted for payment. Visit for information. Note: A service fee of 2.8% applies to credit card payments made through

Installments: If you wish to pay by installments, you must contact the tax office by July 31 to register and to obtain payment details.  You may not pay by installments if you do not register. If you choose the installment plan you forfeit the 2% discount and taxes will be due at the face amount by October 31 in 3 equal installments due August 31, September 30 and October 31.

If the last business day of the month falls on a weekend, the payment is due on Monday or the next business day in the case of a Monday holiday.

Your cancelled check will serve as your proof of payment. If you would like a receipt, send both copies of your bill with a self addressed stamped envelope with your payment. If a stamped return envelope is not provided, a receipt will not be sent.


Val Harlan     - (610) 347-0970 ext 3321

Tax Certification Requests

There is no charge for verbal tax information. For a written tax certification the fee is $10.00 per year/ per parcel.

  • If a faxed certification is acceptable, indicate that on your request and it will be faxed to you.
  • If you want the tax cert to be mailed back to you include a self addressed stamped envelope .
  • If a return envelope is not provided, the certification will be faxed back.

Send your requests to:
Unionville Chadds Ford School District
Tax Office
740 Unionville Rd.
Kennett Square, PA 19348

For any other information, please call Valerie Harlan in the business office at 610-347-0970 Ext. 3321, Monday through Fridays 7:30 AM– 3:30PM. Or email

More Information About School Taxes

Taxation is a significant part of school finance. Below are the various types of district taxes.

Property Tax 

The property tax or real estate tax is a tax that is levied on the land and buildings owned by individuals and businesses. The base for the tax is the assessed value, which is established by the county assessment office. A uniform millage rate (tax rate) is annually established by the Board of School Directors to be levied against the value of each property. One mill is equivalent to $1 of tax for each $1,000 of property. Therefore, a property with an assessment of $100,000 (as established by the county) would pay $100 for each mill. The district’s millage rate multiplied by the total assessed value for properties in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District produces the potential tax revenue for the district. For individual taxpayers the millage rate multiplied by the assessed value of their property produces the owner’s tax bill. 

Interim Real Estate Tax

The interim real estate tax is a tax on “assessed property” that was not included in the original tax mailing of July 1. Interim real estate tax bills are sent out throughout the school year for new construction/remodeling that increased a property’s assessed value but was not included with the original tax mailing. The tax bill could be the result of an addition to a house/business, a swimming pool, a new house that is finished mid-year, etc.

Homestead Exclusion Program

On April 13, 2009, the Governor implemented the Homestead and Farmstead Exclusions (Act 1), which allows school districts the ability to reduce their taxes based on revenue received from the state. This revenue is generated from gambling proceeds. The homestead exclusion reduces the assessed values of homestead-approved properties, reducing the school property tax on these homes.

To be eligible for this program, the homeowner must reside in a dwelling primarily used as their permanent home. In general, it is the address where you live, where you have registered to vote and have registered your driver’s license.