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There is so much to know about Thornbury Township Delaware County. Below you will find many of the Frequently Asked Questions for residents, businesses and visitors.

If you still need more information, please feel free to call 610-399-8383, Ext. 0 to speak with one of our Staff Members, Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm excluding Township Holidays.

You can also email us your questions by using the Contact page.  You will receive a response to your inquiry from a Staff Member within 48 hours, during normal business operations Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, excluding Township Holidays.


General Questions

2017 Holiday Schedule 2017 Meeting Schedule - All Boards How do I reserve the Township Meeting Room?

Fill out the Online Meeting Room Request Form or print out the Meeting Room Request Form, Fax (610-399-3162), email (Geoff@thornbury.org), or mail the form to the Township Building:

Geoff Carbutt
Thornbury Township
6 Township Drive
Cheyney, PA  19319

Questions?  Contact Geoff at 610-399-8383, Ext. 1

Where can I find the Township Code of Ordinances?

From Home Page, hover over Departments, click on Township Code of Ordinances

Boards & Commissions

Board of Supervisors Meetings

Supervisors Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney.

Planning Commission Meetings

Planning Commission Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney.

Historical Commission

The Historical Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney.

Environmental Advisory Commission

The Environmental Advisory Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney

Parks & Recreation Board

The Parks & Recreation Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney.

Sewer Committee

The Sewer Committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm, as needed, in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney

Zoning Hearing Board

The Zoning Hearing Board meets at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of each month on an as-needed basis in the Township Meeting Room, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney.

Can I attend Board Meetings?

The Public is welcome at all meetings.

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Rec Events

Various Parks & Rec Events are held throught the year including an Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Ceremony, Founders Day Celebration, Fourth of July Parade, Movies in the Park, Crabfest, Fishing Derby, Fall Festival, Holiday Express Train Ride, and the Tree Lighting. Most events are held at Thornbury Park. 

Are there any Senior Events happening?

Various Senior Events are held throughout the year and are listed on the Homepage, Township Events Calendar and on our Senior Events page

How do I reserve the Thornbury Park pavillion?

To reserve the Thornbury Park pavillion, please fill out the Pavillion Permit Form. Fax it to (610) 399-3162, or email (Geoff@thornbury.org), or mail the form to the Township Building:

Geoff Carbutt
Thornbury Township
6 Township Drive
Cheyney, PA 19319

Questions? Contact Geoff at (610) 399-8383, Ext. 107

How do I reserve an Athletic Field?

To reserve an Athletic Field, please fill out our Athletic Field Permit Application and Fax to (610) 399-3162, or email (Geoff@thornbury.org), or mail the form to the Township Building:

Geoff Carbutt
Township Drive
6 Township Drive
Cheyney, PA 19319

Question? Contact Geoff at (610) 399-8383, Ext. 107
 

Directions to Thornbury Park Directions to Palmer Arboretum Directions to Martin Park Directions to Bonner Park

Code Department - Extension 102

How can I contact the Code Department?

Secretary: Susan@thornbury.org, 610-399-8383, Ext. 101

How can I contact the Inspector at the Code Department?

Inspector: timothydurham682@gmail.com, 610-399-8383, Ext. 103

Can I access permit applications online?

Yes, from the homepage, hover over Departments and click on Code Department

Public Sewer Information

Sewer Rent Information ($135/quarter)

Quarterly Sewer Rent Payment:  $135.00

Remit payments to:

Thornbury Township Delaware County
6 Township Drive
Cheyney, PA  19319

Due Dates:

  • First Quarter Bill due May 15
  • Second Quarter Bill due August 15
  • Third Quarter Bill due November 15
  • Fourth Quarter Bill due February 15

All questions/comments should be directed to Deb Zitarelli @ 610-399-8383, Ext. 520 or Deb@thornbury.org.

Sewer Loan Information ($228.83/quarter or $242.05)

Quarterly Loan Payment: $228.83 for Brinton Lea District; $242.05 for Fox Lair District

  • First Quarter Bill due April 20
  • Second Quarter Bill due July 20
  • Third Quarter Bill due October 20
  • Fourth Quarter Bill due January 20
     

Remit payments to:
Thornbury Township Delaware County, 6 Township Drive, Cheyney, PA  19319

Please include your account number on your check (WL or FL plus property address)

Can I pay my sewer rent or sewer loan with a credit card?

The Township currently does not accept credit cards.

Can I pay my sewer rent or sewer loan onilne?

This option is currently not avaiable.

Sewer Certifications

Contact Willard McMullin @ 610-459-8475 or email mcmspecialties@aol.com for sewer certs.

Zoning Information

Who do I contact for Zoning Questions?

Zoning Officer, Jeff Seagraves, Jeff@thornbury.org, 610-399-8383, Ext. 104

How do I schedule a Zoning Variance Hearing?

Contact Deb Zitarelli, Deb@thornbury.org or 610-399-8383, Ext. 520 to schedule a hearing.

Recycling Information

When does the Township pick up recycling?

Recycling is picked up on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month.

What items are picked up?

Clear glass, green glass, brown glass, all plastic (except #3 - PVC & #6 - styrofoam), bimetal cans, aluminum cans, newspaper print, junk mail, office paper, cardboard (not corrugated), telephone books, soft cover books, magazines, and cereal & pizza boxes with plastic paper removed.

Do I have to sort my recyclables?

No, the Township uses the single-stream method of recycling so all materials can be placed in one container. DO NOT PLACE IN PLASTIC BAGS AS THE CONTRACTOR DOES NOT ACCEPT PLASTIC BAGS AND WILL NOT PICK UP.

Does our Township use the Recyclebank Program?

Our recycling contractor, Opdenaker Hauling, has partnered with RecycleBank to further enhance our existing recycling program.  Opdenaker's newest program rewards you for recycling.

  1. For a nominal charge, Opdenaker will provide you with a 96 gallon, wheeled recycling cart with an embedded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag.
  2. Simply deposit your recyclables in the cart and place it curbside on the scheduled recycling days.
  3. The Opdenaker trucks will read the RFID tag when they pick up your recycle cart and weigh your recyclables. This weight is transmitted to RecycleBank.
  4. The amount is converted into RecycleBank Reward Points that you can use to shop at participating businesses, including CVS/pharmacy, ACME, and Dick's Sporting Goods, to name a few. 

You are not required to participate in the RecycleBank program, but by ordinance you are required to recycle. Residents who are interested must contact Opdenaker at 610-459-3515 (not the Township) to make arrangements to participate. You can also visit the RecycleBank website at www.recyclebank.com for more information.

Is corrugated cardboard picked up?

Yes

Earned Income Tax

General Information

In Pennsylvania, the General Assembly has empowered political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, at the local level, to levy, assess, and collect certain types of taxes for general revenue purposes. The authority for levying these non-realty taxes was granted to local school districts and municipalities in 1965 through the passage of the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA), commonly referred to as “Act 511”. The rate of earned income tax for Thornbury Township (Delaware County) and West Chester Area School District is one percent (1%), and is levied on gross wages and/or net profits from a business or profession.

Keystone Collections Group is the appointed Earned Income Tax Officer for Thornbury Township (Delaware County) and West Chester Area School District. As the appointed Earned Income Tax Collector, Keystone is charged with the duty of administering the Township’s and School District’s taxes. This includes collecting the tax, establishing rules and regulations to fairly enforce such tax and creating accurate tax records and accounts for each taxpayer.

What is the “Earned Income Tax”?

The Earned income Tax, commonly called a “Wage Tax”, is usually a tax of one percent (1%) on gross wages and/or net profits from a business or profession. In Home Rule communities, the tax rate may vary and can even be higher than 1%. Typically, individuals who receive “earned income”, including salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and/or other compensation for services rendered, whether in cash or property, are subject to the tax. In addition, those who conduct businesses, professions and other activities for profit must pay tax on the net profit derived from their operation after deductions have been made of all costs and expenses incurred in conducting said businesses.

What income is specifically exempt from the Earned income Tax?

Unearned income such as dividends, interest, income from trusts, bonds, insurance and stocks is exempt. Also exempt are payments for third party sick or disability benefits, old age benefits, retirement pay, pensions – including social security payments, public assistance or unemployment compensation payments made by any governmental agency, and any wages or compensation paid by the United States for active service in the forces of the United States, including bonuses or additional compensation for such service. In addition, net profits of corporations are exempt under state law.

If the tax is withheld in another community where I work, do I also pay the district in which I live?

No, the tax withheld by your employer will be remitted to your resident taxing jurisdiction. It is still required that our Registration Form be answered by ALL residents.

Whose Earned Income Tax will be withheld by their employer?

Any individual working in a jurisdiction that levies the tax on residents and non-residents will have the tax withheld by their employer. If you work in a jurisdiction that does NOT tax non-residents, your employer is only required to withhold for those individuals who live in that jurisdiction. Occasionally, employers located in a jurisdiction where the tax is not levied will volunteer to withhold if your resident jurisdiction levies the tax.

From whom will the Earned Income Tax be collected directly?

The Earned Income Tax will be collected directly from those who are: 1) self-employed; 2) salaried but self-employed in a side business; or 3) work in a municipality where the tax is not in place. Those persons must file a declaration of the total of such estimated net profits or income, together with the total estimated tax due, with the Earned Income Tax Collector. Proper forms for reporting the quarterly payments will be sent to each person so liable.

Must all taxpayers file a final return?

Yes. Even if all tax is withheld, or quarterly payments are made, a Local Earned Income Tax Return must be filed by April 15 each year.

What happens if I neither file a return nor pay the tax due?

State law, as well as the local tax resolutions and/or ordinances, make it a summary criminal offense if a taxpayer fails to file a tax return as required, and subjects the taxpayer to a fine not to exceed $500.00 per offense, plus the cost of prosecution; in default of payment of said fine and costs, the taxpayer may be imprisoned for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days per offense. In addition, distress sale, wage attachment and/or civil suit proceedings may be used to collect any unpaid tax found to be due, and penalties and interest may also be assessed.