Late tax penalties waived for 2020

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night voted to eliminate the penalty period for 2020 township taxes as long as property owners pay by the end of this calendar year.

Supervisors Chairman Frank Murphy said during the April 29 workshop — held via Zoom — that the decision was based on the emergency declarations made because of the Coronavirus pandemic and because of state Senate Bill 841, which allows municipalities to extend deadlines and waive penalties for late payment of those local real estate taxes.

However, "All unpaid 2020 Township real estate taxes as of January 1, 2021, will be considered delinquent and will be returned to the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau for collection…," the resolution reads.

Supervisors also awarded the township's 2020 Road Program contract to AF Damon Inc. for $149,479. The program includes paving parts of Heyburn Road — from Ridge Road up to a point between Hilloch and Keepsake. The work there will also include some swale restoration. The areas of Coopershawk — where it intersects with Ridge — and of Pheasant and Grouse will also be paved.

Before the meeting, the board held a conditional use hearing for release from the steep slope ordinance for Jeannine Schepers, at 8 Hickory Lane. Schepers said that when she bought the property last year, a retaining wall at the rear of the property collapsed. That wall is in a steep slope area and she needed the township's approval to disturb that area to replace the wall. Supervisors granted the request during the main body of the meeting.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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