Act 57 Local Tax Collection for New Homeowners

Act 57 Amending the Local Tax Collection Law

Act 57 allows new homeowner taxpayers who fail to receive a tax notice during their first year of occupancy to apply for a waiver from penalties, fees, and additional costs from the tax collector. In order to qualify, the taxpayer has to (1) attest they did not receive the notice; (2) provide proof of the property’s transfer within the last 12 months; (3) provide a waiver request to the tax collector; and (4) provide payment of the face value of the taxes.  The Pocopson Township Board of Supervisors enacted Resolution 2022-25 implementing Act 57 and providing additional information regarding the waiver. The waiver goes into effect for the 2023 tax year going forward and does not apply for 2022. The State Department of Community and Economic Development created a waiver form for taxpayers to submit to the tax collector.

The waiver request link is: Act 57 of 2022- Request for Waiver of Additional Charges: Real Estate Taxes

The Duncan Allison Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award

The Duncan Allison Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award

This year’s Duncan Allison Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture goes to the Baily family of Baily’s Dairy of Pocopson Meadow Farm in West Chester. Three generations of the family operate Baily’s Dairy, including patriarch Bernard Baily; daughter Becky Baily and her husband Eric Cockroft; daughter Meredith Parsons and her son Tyler Parsons.

The family is recognized for positively promoting local agriculture and serving as community ambassadors on the industry’s behalf. They have played an integral role in hosting the Chester Valley Dairy 4-H club and leasing cows to young club members who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate.

Commissioner Michelle Kichline said, “The Baily family is an example of farmers who want to share the experience of living and working on a farm with others across Chester County. They are commended for their devotion to teaching youth about raising farm animals and letting children see a cow up-close, sometimes for the first time. Thank you to the three generations of Baily’s who continue the traditions of farming.”

Becky Baily, who oversees the milking and processing, said, “We grew up on the farm and were used to how things worked. Now, so many kids in Chester County are removed from the farm but want to get involved once they visit us.”

The family is also deeply involved in helping to host the livestock portions of several area county fairs and festivals, which are often the first time children meet farmers and see livestock up close.

Meredith Parsons, who oversees school field trips to the farm, says she especially loves working with the younger children because they may have read about farm animals but may never have seen them in person. “They are amazed to see how big a cow really is in-person,” she laughs.

The pandemic provided even more opportunities for the Baily family to make a difference, especially when their Chester Valley Dairy 4-H club members brought special bovine visitors to nearby Pocopson Home residents in the summer of 2020.

“It made the Pocopson residents so happy to see the cows,” recalls Meredith. “It was a really special moment for them and the 4-H kids.”

“The Baily family does a wonderful job teaching Chester County residents young and old about the importance of local agriculture,” says Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich. “We are fortunate to have farmers like them who make the extra effort to help people understand where our food comes from.”

Learn more about Chester County’s agriculture industry at www.chescofarming.org.

Eusebius Barnard House Accepted into the “Network to Freedom” Program

2022 Farm Guide

The 2022 A Guide to Local Farm Products in Chester County (aka the farm guide) is out now! Click here for the list of over 125 local farms and markets including mushrooms and wine.

Building Permit Submission Reminder

If you live in a community with a homeowners association or planned community association, you may be required to receive approval from the association prior to proceeding under any building permit issued by the township. It is the applicant’s obligation to investigate whether an association approval is necessary, and where required, obtaining such approval. Failure to obtain a required association approval may result in legal action for proceeding under any permit issued under the building permit application. If you have obtained association approval, please attach it to the application. By not attaching an association approval, you are certifying that no such approval is necessary.

 

Hurricane Ida Disaster Assistance

Major Disaster Declaration

Curbside Chipping Begins Monday, October 25th*

Guidelines:
No branches over 12″ in diameter
Place large cuts ends facing the street
Do not stack; spread branches out
No firewood, construction lumber, or fence posts
No roots or stumps
15 minute limit per address

Materials should be curbside by 7 a.m.

*Weather permitting

New Resource from FEMA – National Risk Index

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces some new resources that share how communities can be more resilient from floods as they happen more frequently. The National Risk Index is easy to use and provides a means to prioritize resilience efforts by providing an at-a-glance overview of multiple natural hazard risk factors. It is accessible to homeowners or renters or anyone interested in mitigation or understanding natural hazards. You can follow this link to see some of those tools – National Risk Index for Natural Hazards (NRI) | FEMA.gov

Resolution 2021-05

Resolution 2021-05 – Reject All Bids for the New Township Administration Building Construction Project and to Authorize the Immediate Issuance of a Revised Solicitation for Bids

Please see full resolution HERE.