Finance Department Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Finance Department to provide professional customer-oriented financial and tax services to the citizenry of the Township.
The Finance Department is responsible for all fiscal aspects of the Township including tax collection for the Township and State College School District, Financial Accounting, Investments, custody and control of municipal funds, Assets and Property, Taxation, Risk Management and Pensions.
Each year the Director of Finance works with the Township Manager and Department Heads to prepare the 5-year Capital Improvement Program Budget (CIP) and the Annual Operating Budget. This budget aims to determine the financial needs of the Township for the next five years.
View the 2018 Approved Township Operating Budget
The Centre Tax Agency (in the State College Borough) collects the Earned Income Taxes and the Local Services Taxes for the Township and the State College Area School District beginning in 2012.
The Ferguson Township Tax Office collects Real Estate Taxes for the Township of Ferguson, and the State College Area School District.
The first Real Estate billing of the year is March 1 for the County/Township taxes. The payment schedule is as follows: The discount period ends April 30; the face/net period ends June 30; and the penalty period ends December 31, of the same year. After this, all unpaid parcels are returned to the Centre County Tax Claim Bureau.
The second Real Estate billing of the year is July 1 for School District taxes. The payment schedule is as follows: The discount period ends August 31; the face/net period ends October 31; and December 31 of the same year is the date all unpaid parcels are returned to the Centre County Tax Claim Bureau. If a receipt is desired, a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included with your payment.
For all residents who build a home in the Township, taxes are billed on those improvements on February 1 and July 1. An Earned Income and Net Profit tax is levied on all wage earners residing in the Township, irrespective of the origin of that income. Your employer is required by law to withhold this local wage tax and remit quarterly to the Tax Office. In the case of self-employment, it is the responsibility of the individual to make payment directly to the Tax Office. New employers must request employer quarterly forms. The final date to file your annual earned income/net profits reconciliation is April 15. On behalf of the Tax Office staff, please feel free to contact our office.
The Township charges $5 per tax certification. For both the Township and the School District certifications, the total would be $10. This must be paid in advance of the certification. The Tax office may accept escrow accounts for customers that request quantity certifications. Contact the Tax Office for more information.
Centre County Tax Collection Committee (TCC)
In accordance with Act 32 county-wide income tax collection, the Township is working with the TCC to implement the new collection system by January 1, 2012. The State College Area School District is managing the webpage information which can be found at www.scasd.org/tccact32
The State College Area School District Information:
Information regarding the School District Real Estate bills, Homestead/Farmstead and Installment payment information can be found by clicking here.
Local Services Tax Information (LST):
Please note the following withholding requirements according to the employer pay schedules.
If you pay WEEKLY = withhold $1.00 per pay
If you pay BIWEEKLY = withhold $2.00 per pay
If you pay SEMIMONTHLY = withhold $2.16 per pay
If you pay MONTHLY = withhold $4.33 per pay
Exempt Employees = withhold $5.00 one time for school district
If you would like to speak with someone in the Finance Department, please call (814) 238-4651, or contact Eric Endresen, Director of Finance, by email.
Tax Office General Inquiries
Payment of Invoices
Eric Endresen, Director of Finance
Traci Miller, Accountant/Bookkeeper
Vacant, Finance Associate
Faith Norris, Admin/Finance Administrative Assistant
In the Finance Department Page, you'll find the following information: