School District Property Tax Rebate Program

Columbia Borough School District Offers a Property Tax Rebate Program. The program provides property tax rebates to senior citizens, widows, widowers, and disabled persons who meet certain income eligibility guidelines and who are homeowners. The rebate program was modeled after the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate program (see more information below) and provides a rebate up to 80% of the standard amount received under the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate Program.

Completed applications can be filed after July 1st each year, but before June 30th of the following year (i.e. For Tax year 2021, the filing period is July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023)

The application may be downloaded or obtained at the following locations:

Columbia Borough School District Business Office located at 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512

State Representative Office located at 132 Locust St., Unit 102 Columbia, PA 17512

Information Regarding the State Program:

Information about the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate Program

If you believe you are eligible for the Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate, use booklet PA-1000 to apply for the rebate. The deadline to apply for the 2023 tax year state program is June 30, 2025. Rebate checks are mailed starting July 1 of each year. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available online at or by calling the department’s information line at 1-888-728-2937.

Individuals who may claim the rebate must fall into one of the following categories:

  • 65 years of age or older

  • Widow or widower age 50 or older

  • Age 18 or more and permanently disabled

The claimant’s annual household income cannot exceed $45,000. Legislation in the late 1990’s broadened the rebate program by excluding 50% of Social Security payments and Railroad Retirement benefit payments from the eligible income.

Pennsylvania Property Tax Rebate forms and assistance are available at the Department of Revenue district offices (listed in the government section of your telephone directory), Lancaster County Office of Aging (717-299-7979), senior centers, and state legislators’ offices.