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Fee Schedule

Myerstown Borough 2021 Fee Schedule

Administration & Finance Department Charges
Foreclosure Property Registration Fee $100.00
Late Fee on Invoices 10% of the amount owed, per month
Maps - Future Land Use and Development Map $5.00 per copy
Maps - Zoning Map $15.00 per copy
Photocopies $0.25 per page
Postage - Handling Fee $2.50 per unit
Postage - Mailing Fee Actual Cost + Handling Fee
Publications - 2012 Mini-Comprehensive Plan $25.00 per copy
Publications - 2012 Mini-Comprehensive Plan + Future Land Use & Development Map $30.00 per copy
Publications - Sanitary Sewer Specification $30.00 per copy
Publications - Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance $25.00 per copy
Publications - Zoning Ordinance $25.00 per copy
Publications - Zoning Ordinance + Zoning Map $40.00 per copy
Publications - Returned Check Charge $40.00 per check
Special Request Work - Borough Manager $100.00 per hour + Out-of-pocket costs
Special Request Work - Administrative Research $65.00 per hour + Out-of-pocket costs


Code Enforcement & Zoning Fees
Lawn Mowing Fees (third party) Actual Cost plus 10%
Snow Emergency Violation $50.00
Vehicle Storage Fee $20.00 per day
Vehicle Towing Fee $125.00
Violation Delivery Service Charge for Sheriff, Constable, or Police $50.00 per attempt
Zoning Determination Letter $70.00
Zoning Enforcement and other Administrative Actions Actual Cost*
Zoning Hearing Board Appeal Fees $1000.00 plus Applicable Costs**
Zoning Officer Hourly Rate $70.00 per hour
Zoning Officer Meeting Attendance $175.00 per meeting
Zoning Officer Travel Rate $30.00 per hour
Zoning Permit Application Fee $75.00 + $3.00 per $1,000 of total value of the project, rounded to the nearest $1,000.***
* Actual cost is determined by the hourly charges from the third-party zoning enforcement firm.
** Applicable Costs may include, but are not limited to:  Borough Administration fees, Stenographer, advertisement costs, the costs to change the Official Map of the Borough if the change is approved, and any and all applicable fees. The Borough will estimate the costs at the time of application, and the application fee and estimated costs shall be paid to the Borough prior to the Borough initiating the process.  In the event that the costs exceed the initial estimate, the applicant shall pay the difference, and if the costs are less than the estimate, the excess money shall be returned to the applicant. The board or the hearing officer, as the case may be, shall keep a stenographic record of the proceedings. The appearance fee for a stenographer shall be shared equally by the applicant and the board. The cost of the original transcript shall be paid by the board if the transcript is ordered by the board or hearing officer or shall be paid by the person appealing from the decision of the board if such appeal is made, and in either event the cost of additional copies shall be paid by the person requesting such copy or copies. In other cases the party requesting the original transcript shall bear the cost thereof.
*** The Borough will estimate the costs at the time of application, and the application fee and estimated costs shall be paid to the Borough prior to the Borough initiating the process.  In the event that the costs exceed the initial estimate, the applicant shall pay the difference.

Construction Code Fees

The Myerstown Borough Construction Code Ordinance is administered and enforced by the Borough’s appointed third-party Building Code Official (BCO):

Light-Heigel and Associates, Inc.
430 East Main Street
Palmyra, PA 17078
(Agency #A00036)
(Department of Labor and Industry Certification #003271)

All related fees, including fees for permits, inspection fees, plan review fees, etc. are set by the Borough’s appointed third-party Building Code Official.

Fire Prevention and Fire Protection Fees

Initial Smoke Detector Inspection No Fee Assessed
Re-Inspection of Smoke Detector in accordance with §7-206 of the Myerstown Borough Code of Ordinances $75.00 per inspection


Fire Insurance Escrow Fees (Act 98)
In accordance with §7-504 of the Myerstown Borough Code of Ordinances, the following fee schedule applies to activities or services provided pursuant to the Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Escrow Act (Act 98 of 1992).

Certification of delinquent taxes and other charges $50.00
Filing Fee for the establishment of an escrow account $125.00
Service Charge for expenditures from the fund and any interest generated by the fund 12%


Community Center Fees

Room 3 Rental - Up to 3 Hours $25.00 per use
Room 3 Rental - Half Day $50.00 per use
Room 3 Rental - Full Day $75.00 per use
Second Floor Room Rental - Up to 3 Hours $25.00 per use
Second Floor Room Rental - Half Day $50.00 per use
Second Floor Room Rental - Full Day $75.00 per use
Second Floor Room Rental - 1 Month $250.00 per month
Second Floor Room Rental - Over 1 month See Borough Manager - requires Council approval and lease agreement
Gymnasium Rental - Up to 3 Hours $25.00 per use
Gymnasium Rental - Half Day $25.00 per use
Gymnasium Rental - Full Day $25.00 per use


Handicap Parking
Annual Renewal of On-Street Handicap Parking Space $5.00

License Fees
Soil and Snow Excavation and Removal License $40.00


Right-to-Know Law Fee Schedule

The following fee schedule is established by the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records (OOR) according to Section 1307 of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law.  This fee schedule is reviewed biannually.  The following fee schedule was adopted by the OOR on October 15, 2018.

Black & White Copies $0.25 per copy1
Color Copies $0.50 per copy2
Specialized Documents3 Actual Cost
Records Delivered via Email No Fee4
CD or DVD Actual Cost up to $3.00
Flash Drive Actual Cost
Facsimile Actual Cost5
Other Media Actual Cost
Redaction No Fee6
Conversion to Paper $0.25 per page7
Photographing a Record No Fee8
Postage Actual Cost of USPS First-Class Postage
Certification $5.00 per record9

Footnotes:

  1. A "copy" is either a single-sided copy, or one side of a double-sided copy, on 8.5"x11" or 8.5"x14" paper.
  2. A "copy" is either a single-sided copy, or one side of a double-sided copy, on 8.5"x11" or 8.5"x14" paper. Note that a requester may ask for black and white copies even if the original is in color and color copies are available.
  3. Including, but not necessarily limited to, non-standard sized documents and blueprints.
  4. If a requester asks to receive records which require redactions in electronic format, an agency may print the records to provide for secure redaction, then scan them in for delivery by email. Accordingly, the agency may charge the fees noted above for either B&W or color copies, as appropriate.
  5. If an agency must print records to send them by facsimile, the agency may charge the fees noted above for B&W copies.
  6. If a requester seeks records requiring redaction, an agency may copy or print the records to provide for secure redaction. Accordingly, the agency may charge the fees noted above for either B&W or color copies, as appropriate.
  7. If a record is only maintained electronically or in other non-paper media, duplication fees shall be limited to the lesser of the fee for duplication on paper or the fee for duplication in the original media, unless the requester specifically requests for the record to be duplicated in the more expensive medium. See §1307(d).
  8. This assumes the requester is using his or her own camera, such as a cellphone camera, to photograph the records. See Muenz v. Township of Reserve, OOR Dkt. AP 2015-1021, 2015 PA O.O.R.D. LEXIS 1176. If redaction is required prior to the requester being granted access to photograph records, an agency may copy or print the records to provide for secure redaction. Accordingly, the agency may charge the fees noted above for either B&W or color copies, as appropriate.
  9. Under the RTKL, an agency may impose "reasonable fees for official certification of copies if the certification is at the behest of the requester and for the purpose of legally verifying the public record." The OOR recommends no more than $5 per record to certify a public record. Certification fees do not include notarization fees.

Additional Notes:

  • All fees established herein may be waived at the discretion of the Borough.
  • Medium Requested: A record being provided to a requester shall be provided in the medium requested if it exists in that medium; otherwise, it shall be provided in the medium in which it exists.  See § 701.
  • Inspection of Redacted Records: If a requester wishes to inspect, rather than receive copies of, records which contain both public and non-public information, the Borough may redact the non-public information. The Borough may not charge the requester for the redaction itself. However, the Borough may charge (in accordance with the OOR’s Official Fee Structure) for any copies it must make in order to securely redact the material before allowing the requester to view the records. If, after inspecting the records, the requester chooses to obtain the copies, no additional fee may be charged.
  • Enhanced Electronic Access: If the Borough offers enhanced electronic access to records in addition to making the records accessible for inspection and duplication by a requester, the Borough may establish user fees specifically for the provision of the enhanced electronic access. The user fees for enhanced electronic access may be a flat rate, a subscription fee for a period of time, a per-transaction fee, a fee based on the cumulative time of system access, or any other reasonable method and any combination thereof. Such fees shall not be established with the intent or effect of excluding persons from access to records or duplicates thereof or of creating profit for the Borough. NOTE: Fees for enhanced electronic access must be reasonable and must be pre-approved by the OOR.
  • Fee Limitations: Except as otherwise provided by statute, the RTKL states that no other fees may be imposed unless the Borough necessarily incurs costs for complying with the request, and such fees must be reasonable. No fee may be imposed for the Borough’s review of a record to determine whether the record is a public record subject to access under the RTKL. No fee may be charged for searching for or retrieval of documents. The Borough may not charge staff time or salary for complying with a RTK request. No fee may be charged for the Borough’s response letter.
  • Prepayment: Prior to granting a request for access in accordance with the RTKL, the Borough may require a requester to prepay an estimate of the fees authorized under this section if the fees required to fulfill the request are expected to exceed $100. Once the request is fulfilled and prepared for release, the OOR recommends that the Borough obtain payment prior to releasing the records.

Parks & Recreation Department Charges
Pavilion Rental - Recreation Area - Upper Pavilion $30.00 per use
Pavilion Rental - Recreation Area - Lower Pavilion, West (without electricity) $50.00 per use
Pavilion Rental - Recreation Area - Lower Pavilion, West (with electricity)  $75.00 per use
Electricity Box Key Deposit  $10.00 (refunded upon return of key)
Pavilion Rental - Recreation Area - East $50.00 per use


Permit Fees
Curb and Sidewalk Replacement Permit $40.00
Dumpster Permit (30 days) $30.00
Dumpster Permit Renewal (30 days, multiple renewals allowed) $20.00
Driveway Permit - Onto Borough Street $50.00
Driveway Permit - Onto State Highway Contact PennDOT
Pod Storage Container Permit (30 days) $50.00
Pod Storage Container Permit Renewal (30 days, one time only) $70.00
Pole and Guy Anchor Installation Permit $15.00 per pole
Sidewalk Closing Permit $30.00
Sidewalk Construction Permit (new sidewalk) $30.00 for each 40 feet of length
Soliciting Permit - Transient Retail (Selling goods and/or services) - One Day $20.00
Soliciting Permit - Transient Retail (Selling goods and/or services) - One Week $35.00
Soliciting Permit - Transient Retail (Selling goods and/or services) - One Month $45.00
Soliciting Permit - Transient Retail (Selling goods and/or services) - One Year $100.00
Soliciting Permit - Transient Retail - Each additional person $10.00
Soliciting Permit - Handbill Distribution (distribution of advertising material by hand) - Single Distribution $5.00
Soliciting Permit - Handbill Distribution (distribution of advertising material by hand) - Periodic Distribution $30.00
Street Opening or Excavation Permit $50.00


Property Maintenance Department Inspection Fees

The following fee schedule applies to activities and services performed by the Department of Property Maintenance Inspection in carrying out its responsibilities under the International Property Maintenance Code of the Borough of Myerstown.

The following fee schedule also applies to activities and services performed by the Code Official or other Borough representative in carrying out responsibilities necessary to enforce any other property maintenance ordinances of the Borough of Myerstown.

The fees in the following schedule shall be charges against the Owners of the premises and/or any Operators or Occupants of the premises who are found to be in violation of the provisions of the International Property Maintenance Code of the Borough of Myerstown, or any other property maintenance ordinances of the Borough of Myerstown.

Initial Property Inspection No Fee Assessed
Follow-Up Inspection if Compliance is Gained No Fee Assessed
Follow-Up Inspection if Compliance is NOT Gained $75.00 per Inspection
Follow-Up Inspection by Third Party/Technical Consultant Actual Cost
Code Enforcement Legal Costs Actual Cost*
Code Enforcement Court Costs Actual Cost*
Code Enforcement Administrative Costs Actual Cost*
Code Official Hourly Rate $70.00 per hour
Code Official Travel Rate $30.00 per hour
* Includes all costs incurred by the Borough if bringing a property into compliance requires the services of the Borough Solicitor, legal proceedings in a Court of Law, or administrative costs such as mileage charges, secretarial expenses, postage, printing, inspection materials, inspection services, test kits, barrier tape, etc.

Payment of fees in the above schedule shall be due to the Borough within thirty (30) days of the date of the delivery of the invoice to the responsible party or parties, and if not paid within the thirty (30) days, the party or parties shall pay to the Borough interest from the due date to the date paid at the legal rate allowable under the law.  The party or parties who are subject to the violation notice could be subject to additional charges for fines, penalties, attorneys’ fees and other costs if legal action is required before the District Judge or the Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon County to correct the violation.

Appeals Board Hearing Fees

Zoning Hearing Board Appeal Hearing Fees $1,000.00+
IPMC Board of Appeals Hearing Fees $1,000.00+
UCC Board of Appeal Hearing Fees $1,000.00+

Costs may include, but are not limited to:  Borough attorneys’ fees, Administration fees,  advertisement costs, Stenographer, the costs to change the Official Map of the Borough if the change is approved.

The Borough will estimate the costs at the time of application, and the application fee and estimated costs shall be paid to the Borough prior to the Borough initiating the process.  In the event that the costs exceed the initial estimate, the applicant shall pay the difference, and if the costs are less than the estimate, the excess money shall be returned to the applicant.

The board or the hearing officer, as the case may be, shall keep a stenographic record of the proceedings. The appearance fee for a stenographer shall be shared equally by the applicant and the board. The cost of the original transcript shall be paid by the board if the transcript is ordered by the board or hearing officer or shall be paid by the person appealing from the decision of the board if such appeal is made, and in either event the cost of additional copies shall be paid by the person requesting such copy or copies. In other cases the party requesting the original transcript shall bear the cost thereof.

Public Works Department Charges
Curb Construction Line & Grade Actual Cost plus 10%
Equipment Use - Air Compressor  $40 per hour
Equipment Use - Backhoe/Loader $60 per hour
Equipment Use - Bucket Truck $70 per hour
Equipment Use - Chainsaw  $25 per hour
Equipment Use - Core Drilling (0 to 4) $40 per core
Equipment Use - Core Drilling (5 or more) $25 per core
Equipment Use - Crack Sealing Machine $100 per hour
Equipment Use - Dump Truck - Large $70 per hour
Equipment Use - Dump Truck - Small - With Plow $60 per hour
Equipment Use - Dump Truck - Small - Without Plow $50 per hour
Equipment Use - Generator $30 per hour
Equipment Use - Lawn Mower - Hand $35 per hour
Equipment Use - Lawn Mower - Riding $50 per hour
Equipment Use - Pickup Truck $50 per hour
Equipment Use - Pump (3 inch) $40 per hour
Equipment Use - Roller $60 per hour
Equipment Use - Saw - Cut-off $30 per hour + cost of blades
Equipment Use - Saw - Walk-behind $50 per hour + cost of blades
Equipment Use - Snow Blower - Manual  $35 per hour
Equipment Use - Jumping Tamper  $40 per hour
Equipment Use - Vibrating Tamper  $35 per hour
Equipment Use - Weed Wacker $25 per hour
Inspection Fees - Curb and Sidewalk Inspection $35
Inspection Fees - Driveway Inspection $35
Inspection Fees - Roadway Restoration Inspection $100 per opening -or- $100 ea. 100' of length
Inspection Fees - Soil Excavation Inspection $35
Lawn Mowing Fees $100
Signs for Purchase  Actual Cost plus 12% 
Signs for Traffic Control Use $50 per day
Temporary "No Parking" Sign $5 per sign
Special Request Work - Dept. Supervisor $75 per hour
Special Request Work - Maintenance Worker $40 per hour
Special Request Work - Technical Service $30 per hour


Solicitor Fees
Borough Solicitor Hourly Rate $165 per hour 


Subdivision and Land Development Charges
Planning Module Review $300 per plan
Subdivision Fee $100 per plan + 10%
Excavator's Inspection $50
Major Subdivision Escrow Deposit
Minor Subdivision $1,000

If the cost of reviewing the subdivision exceeds the amount of the fee which the sub-divider remits to the Borough, the sub-divider shall, prior to the Borough approval of the Final Plan, pay the Borough the amount in excess of the fee for the costs which were expended in reviewing the subdivision.  No land development plan or subdivision plan shall be approved unless all fees have been paid in full.

Wastewater Department Charges

Sewer Billing Certification Fee $10.00 per bill
Sewer Flushing Unit Use $75.00 per hour
6" Pump Set-up Fee $150.00 
6" Pump Use $75.00 per hour
Pick-up Truck and Plow with Operator $75.00 per hour
Sewer User Charges* - First 5,000 gallons $36.50 per quarter
Sewer User Charges* - Each 1,000 gallons over 5,000 $9.00 per quarter
Water Meter Use $25.00
Public Sewer Connection $25.00
Tapping Fees - New Connection $2,060.00 per tap
Tapping Fees - Addition to existing connection $1,000.00 per tap

*Calculated by water consumption as measured by water meter.  Water used to fill swimming pools can be deducted from the sewer billing calculation based upon measuring water consumption with a Borough water meter.  Water meters are available at the Borough Office.  In order for this to be beneficial pool should hold at least 6,000 gallons of water.

Water Authority and Wastewater Department Impact Fees

The Borough of Myerstown on behalf of itself, the Myerstown-ELCO Wastewater Treatment System, and the Myerstown Water Authority will receive impact fees from developers.  The fees will be managed in the following manner.

  1. The fee amount will be determined by possible impact upon the organization.
  2. The monies will be co-mingled in an interest-bearing checking account with secondary insured investments made to maximize any current unused portion of the impact escrow until the funds are needed to cover invoices in hand.
  3. The accountability for the funds will be the responsibility of the Myerstown Borough administrative staff. Ten percent (10%) of any expenditure’s and ten percent (10%) of any interest earned throughout the project time will be charged to the account and paid to the Borough of Myerstown as an administrative fee.
  4. Mandated files:
    1. Letters from each organization involved outlining impact fee.
    2. Bank statements with deposit slips and cancelled checks attached.
    3. Copies of invoices marked with check numbers and dates paid.
    4. Calculation of administrative fees.
  5. Areas in which impact files are to be calculated:
BOROUGH FEES WASTEWATER FEES WATER AUTHORITY FEES
Legal Legal Legal
Engineering Engineering Engineering
Advertising Advertising Advertising
Roadways Resident Inspection Resident Inspection
Street Lighting    
Stormwater Retention Facility    
Construction and Maintenance*    
* In the case of default by contractors.