Public Hearing 10/02/17 @ 6:50 pm


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on October 2, 2017, at 6:50 p.m., at the Westfall Township Municipal Building, 102 La Barr Lane, Matamoras, Pennsylvania, the Supervisors of the Township of Westfall, Pike County, Pennsylvania, will act on an Ordinance for establishing a tax credit and additional benefit for the Volunteers of the Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services operating in and serving the Township of Westfall.

A summary of the Ordinance is as follows:

Section 1. Short Title

This Ordinance may be cited as the Volunteer and EMS tax Credit Ordinance of Westfall Township.

            Section 2.  Authority and Purpose            

            This Ordinance is authorized by Pennsylvania Statute which provides that the governing body of a Municipality may provide, by Ordinance, for a tax credit against real property owned and occupied by an active volunteer who is certified.  The purpose of the Ordinance is to create an incentive for current fire and EMS volunteers to remain active as well as increase recruitment of new volunteers.

            Section 3.  Definitions  

            Section 4.  Authorization of Tax Credit 

There is hereby authorized a tax credit against real property tax to be granted to an active volunteer. 

The amount of the tax credit authorized shall be twenty (20%) per cent of the tax liability of the active volunteer.

If the amount of the tax credit applied to the tax levied on residential real property located in Westfall Township which is owned and occupied by an active volunteer who is certified is less than Two Hundred Fifty ($250.00) Dollars, said volunteer shall receive a tax credit comprised of the tax credit applied to the real property as described above plus an additional benefit provided by the Township in an amount sufficient so that said volunteer shall receive a total  of Two Hundred Fifty ($250.00) Dollars, which is comprised of the tax credit as described in Section 4 C, and monies provided by the Township.

Section 5. Eligibility

Section 6. Return

Section 7. Limitations 

Section 8. Volunteer Service Program

A volunteer service program shall be implemented to establish the annual requirements for the certification of a volunteer in active service at a volunteer fire company or nonprofit emergency medical services agency.

The active volunteer shall be determined based on the volunteer’s participation in at least thirty (30%) percent of the volunteer fire company’s activities.

Section 9. Rejection and Appeal

Section 10. Penalties

Section 11. Fair Labor Standards Act

Section 12. Severability

Section 13. Repealer

Section 14. Effective Date

A copy of the full text of the proposed Ordinance may be examined by any citizen at the Westfall township Office located at 102 LaBarr Lane, Westfall Township, Matamoras, Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

Jodi Hulse

Westfall Secretary 

Robert F. Bernathy, Esquire

Township Solicitor