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Portable:1. Using the up or down menu buttons on the front of the radio press until you see OpenSky 2. Once there, press the M button.3. The radio will then reboot back into OTP and then should look normal.
Mobile:1. Simply press the "C" preprogrammed button on the front of the control head and that will toggle the radio back and forth between OCF and OTP.2. You can go through the menu if you wish. It is the same as the portable other than you use the up / down and left / right arrows. Then when you obtain what you want, press the select button.
If the radio still does not connect to the network, the radio may be in need of repair. To determine if the radio is in need of repair, contact Brian Hamilton at 717.218.2908 for further help.
If converting older model portables from Ni-MH to Li batteries, contact Harris or a dealer to provide you information on what is needed to make your chargers compatible.
Yes. Probation/parole officers obtain their authority from PA Act 277, August 6, 1963, and amended by PA Act 1992-117, December 4, 1992. The law states that probation/parole officers shall have the power of peace officers in the performance of their duties and shall have police powers and authority throughout the Commonwealth to arrest with or without warrant any person on probation, intermediate punishment, or parole for any violation of probation, intermediate punishment, or parole.
Someone on probation has not served any time in jail on that sentence. A person on parole has served a portion of that sentence in jail. Usually there are no differences in the standard conditions of supervision governing probation or parole. The biggest difference occurs if the defendant violates his/her conditions. If you are on probation, your original sentence may be revoked and a new sentence imposed. If you are on parole you may have to return to prison to continue serving your original sentence.
Defendants under active supervision may not have any weapons, including but not limited to, rifles, shotguns, or handguns on their person, in their residence, or in their vehicle. Additionally, if someone is convicted of a crime that could have carried a maximum penalty of more than two years, or involved a firearm or explosive, they are prohibited from owning or possessing any firearm(s) under the provisions of the Federal Gun Control Act Of 1968 and 1986.
Someone under active supervision may only leave Pennsylvania with a temporary travel issued by their probation officer. Offenders should request a travel permit well in advance of their anticipated departure date. Defendants who travel outside of Pennsylvania without a valid travel permit may be subject to arrest by any state they travel to.
Generally speaking, a sentence in which the defendant receives a term of imprisonment of one year or more will be under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
Some of the fines are mandated by law, while others are determined by the Court. Costs are mandated by law or local rule. Restitution is determined based on the amount of damage incurred.
Fines, costs, and restitution are paid in the Clerk of Courts office located on the second floor of the East Wing Annex of the new Courthouse.Payments may be mailed to:Clerk of Courts1 Courthouse Square, Room 205Carlisle, PA 17013
The Clerk of Courts contracted with a third-party vendor so court costs may be paid on the internet at Official Payments.com using American Express, MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit cards. There is three percent processing fee charged by the vendor.
The Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System has a website that lists all outstanding amounts due by docket number at the following address: http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/cp.aspx You can do a search either by “Common Pleas Docket Number” or by name by clicking on “Search Type” and entering the requested information.
All cases are split up alphabetically based on the defendant's last name: A-H 717.240.6275 or 1.888.697.0371 ext 6275 I-Q 717.240.6260 or 1.888.697.0371 ext 6260 R-Z 717.240.7897 or 1.888.697.0371 ext 7897 The Adult Probation and Parole Office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Any individual desiring to become an Adult Probation and Parole Officer must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in the field of criminal justice or behavioral science. A resume, a copy of your college transcript, a completed Cumberland County Employment Application available from the Human Resources Department, and letter of intent must be sent to the following address: Cumberland County Human Resources Department One Courthouse Square, Suite 204 Carlisle, PA 17013 Applications are retained for six months. DO NOT send applications directly to the Adult Probation and Parole Department.
You may limit your health care agent’s involvement in deciding your medical treatment so that your health care agent will speak for you only when you are unable to speak for yourself or you may give your health care agent the power to speak for you immediately. More...
As most people prefer to stay in their homes and live independently for as long as they can, federal, state, and local government agencies have collaborated to develop several programs that may provide for extended services and supports to be provided in home and community-based settings. Whether or not you are eligible for these programs will depend on your age, income and resources; your need for assistance; and the availability of funds. Contact our agency for more information about these programs.
All blank spaces, which appear at the top of the front page of each nomination petition, must be completed before signatures are obtained. Do not obtain signatures before the first legal day to circulate and file nomination petitions. Type or print the name of the candidate on the FRONT and BACK of the petition EXACTLY as the candidate wants it to appear on the ballot. Candidates who wish to use names other than a derivative of their legal name must execute a Name Change Request Form that is available at County Election office.
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained citizen (21 years or older) who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of a child in court. Children helped by CASA volunteers include those in foster care for whom permanency is being addressed. Most of the children are victims of abuse and/or neglect.
CASA volunteers undergo a thorough training course conducted by the local CASA Program. Training requirements vary from program to program, but Cumberland County CASA offers 40+ hours of training. Volunteers learn about courtroom procedure from the principals in the system—from judges, lawyers, social workers, court personnel, and others. CASA volunteers also learn effective advocacy techniques for children, and are educated about specific topics ranging from child sexual abuse to early childhood development and adolescent behavior. Volunteer trainees also observe dependency court proceedings. In addition to the initial training volunteers receive, they are also expected to complete 12 hours of in-service training annually.
As a child advocate, the CASA volunteer has four main responsibilities:
In order to prepare a recommendation, the CASA volunteer talks with the child, parents, family members, social workers, school officials, health providers and others who are knowledgeable about the child’s history. The CASA volunteer also reviews all records pertaining to the child—school, medical and caseworker reports, etc.
Caseworkers are employed by the County. They may be responsible for multiple cases at one time and are frequently unable to conduct a comprehensive investigation of each. The CASA volunteer is assigned to only one child or sibling group at a time. The CASA volunteer does not replace a caseworker on a case; he or she is an independent appointee of the court. The CASA volunteer can examine a child’s case thoroughly, has knowledge of community resources, and can make recommendations to the Court, independent of state agency restrictions.
The CASA volunteer does not provide legal representation in the courtroom. That is the role of the attorney or Guardian ad litem. However, the CASA volunteer does provide crucial background information that assists attorneys in presenting their cases. It is important to remember that CASA volunteers do not represent a child’s wishes in court. Rather, they speak to the child’s best interests.
CASA volunteers come from all walks of life, with a variety of professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. Nationwide approximately half of the volunteers are also employed in regular full-time jobs and approximately 80% are female.
CASA volunteers offer children continuity and advocacy during complex legal proceedings. They explain to the child the events that are happening, the reasons they are in court, and the roles the judges, lawyers, and social workers play. CASA volunteers also encourage the child to express his or her own opinion and hopes, while remaining objective observers.
Yes. Locally, Judge Edward Guido was instrumental in establishing the Cumberland County CASA Program in 2000. CASA has been endorsed by the American Bar Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. The other Judges and Hearing Officer who hear dependency cases in Cumberland County also embrace and support the CASA concept.
Findings have shown that children who have been assigned a CASA volunteer tend to spend less time in court and in the foster care system than those who do not have CASA representation. Judges have observed that children with CASA volunteers also have greater chances of finding permanent homes than children who do not have a CASA.
Each case is different. A CASA volunteer usually spends more time conducting research and interviews prior to the first court appearance. Once the initial court report is complete, volunteers spend approximately 10-15 hours a month maintaining contacts and gathering information. CASA volunteers meet with the child(ren) they are assigned to at least monthly.
The CASA volunteer remains committed to the case until it is permanently resolved, i.e., when the child is deemed to be safe and dependency is terminated. This may take from 18 to 24 months. One of the primary benefits of the CASA Program is that, unlike others involved, who often rotate cases, the CASA volunteer is a consistent figure in the proceedings and provides continuity for the child.
Children from birth to 21 years of age who are victims of abuse and/or neglect and who have become wards of the Court may be assigned a CASA volunteer.
School staff reporting chronic truancy of a youngster will most likely have told the parents they are planning to make the report. We never disclose or confirm confidential referral sources.
You may pay your costs & fines at the Cumberland County Courthouse Costs & Fines Dept. on the 2nd floor, Mon.-Fri., between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, mail your payment, or you may pay online with a credit card at the link below. However, online payments are limited to a maximum of $1,000 and are subject to a flat $2.75 convenience fee per payment. Any number of such payments are permitted. The following credit cards are accepted: Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover Cards.
Dig a hole deep enough to make sure roots extend downward and do not form a "J". Make sure the hole is deep enough to cover all roots. Pack soil firmly around the roots. Keep watered. If possible, keep weeds and grass from growing to high or thick, blocking the sunlight from the tree.
The trees should be "Healed in". Dig a small hole or trench, tamp the seedlings in the ground, keep watered.
A tree shelter is a biodegradable polypropylene tube that surrounds your hardwood seedlings and protects them from deer, rabbits, rodents, herbicides, mowers and weed trimmers. Tree shelters create a greenhouse environment that encourages seedling growth. Not recommended for evergreens.
It is located under programs on the Erosion & Sedimentation page.
Social Security Disability, or SSD, is similar to the SSA benefit in that a person must pay into the system to earn enough work credits. However, due to a long term disability, the person is unable to continue to work. In order to obtain SSD a person must apply for the benefit through Social Security. Many people are declined the first time they request SSD and may appeal the decision. Although it is not required, consulting an attorney may improve the appeal success and timeliness.
SSI is Supplemental Security Income. This program is for people who are low income and are age 65 or older or are unable to work due to disability. To apply for this program, a person must contact Social Security. It is important to note that unlike SSA and SSD, where a person has paid into the program and the benefit is an entitlement, SSI is a program that has income and resource limitations and is not an entitlement. Failure to stay within the eligibility requirements will result in a reduction or termination from the program. Social Security Web Site
The Housing Choice Voucher program, commonly referred to as Section 8, offers a similar subsidy as the above mentioned subsidized housing complexes. However, a person is issued a Housing Choice Voucher under this program. That person must find a landlord in the community or a housing complex which is willing to accept the voucher. When a person with the Housing Choice Voucher wishes to move, they can take the voucher, and therefore the subsidy, with them.
For more information on either of these programs, contact the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities or the Cumberland Link. Cumberland County Housing Authority
If a person needs assistance with personal care, there may be resources available to help offset the costs associated with these services. There are two programs that may assist a person with personal care in the home:For those 60 years of age or older, Cumberland County Aging and Community Services can provide a few hours per week for personal care services. There may be a co-pay for Options services.The other possibility for getting services mentioned above is under the Medical Assistance Waiver program. There are Waiver programs designed for people who require Nursing Home Level of Care but opt to remain in the community. Contact the Link for more information on the various Waiver Programs. To enroll in a Waiver you must call the Independent Enrollment Broker at 1-877-550-4227.
The amount of child support awarded by the court is established in accordance with the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines, which are in the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 1910.16. The Support Guidelines were developed on the premise that the child(ren) of separated or divorced parents should receive the same proportion of parental incomes as if the parents were together. For further information, please review
Within 20 days of the Conference Officer's recommended order, either party has the option to file a request for a de novo hearing. Within 20 days of the Support Master's recommended order, either party has the option to file exceptions. For more information please refer to
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)....717.234.5390 or [toll-free] 888.930.4589Narcotics Anonymous (NA).....717.233.3733Al Anon/Alateen..........................717.257.1033 or [toll-free] 877.501.1205
Or find this information online... (see our web page)
Crisis InterventionHoly Spirit Hospital.............................717.763.2222Carlisle Regional Medical Center...717.243.6005All other areas.....................................800.350.HELP
Common Ground (Harrisburg)........888.237.8984
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Cumberland County will take steps to secure computers with hard drives and hard drives by themselves while in the possession of Cumberland County and awaiting transportation to our R2 certified recycler. Cumberland County cannot, however, 100% guarantee the security of such information. We recommend you erase all personal and private files from your computer or hard drive before turning it over to us.
Fees are required to pay for the costs of this program. Cumberland County has never used general fund tax dollars for its Recycling & Waste program expenses. Only those who choose to use the program will be required to pay for it through the fees that we charge.
Yes, Pennsylvania has a law that requires electronics manufacturers to fund the recycling in a given year the total weight of products they sold two years ago. Recently manufactured electronics weigh considerably less than those made ten or more years ago. As a result, manufacturer recycling requirements decrease every year because the sales weight of newer electronics decreases. Meanwhile, most of the electronics recycling stream is comprised of older, heavier units that enable manufacturers to quickly meet their established weight-based recycling goals, after which they typically suspend their recycling efforts for the remainder of the year. In the end, manufacturer supported recycling programs do not meet the demand for electronics recycling in Pennsylvania. No electronics manufacturers have offered to support electronics recycling in Cumberland County.
Absolutely not! Leaving electronics at the recycling center during closed hours is considered illegal dumping. High resolution security cameras have been installed in multiple locations around the facility to identify illegal dumpers. Illegal dumpers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Anyone can use the facility. One benefit of a fee based site is source of material is not an issue. As long as the recycling fee is paid, it does not matter where the customer lives or whether the electronics are from homeowners, businesses, or institutions.
The drop off of large volumes of electronics must be scheduled in advance. We would prefer to work with you to prepackage your electronics ahead of time versus showing up with a dump truck load of electronics that may take a while to sort through and weigh.
The County is primarily attempting to address the lack of television recycling opportunities Pennsylvania's electronics recycling law has created. Televisions are the most difficult and most expensive of the electronics to recycle. This is why it is so hard to find a place to recycle them. We will gladly accept the other electronics on our acceptable items list but want the public to know that recycling outlets for the other electronics may exist at better rates. Click here to view possible outlets for electronics other than televisions.
Pennsylvania's electronics recycling law bans televisions and computer equipment from disposal as solid waste.
Electronics will be sorted into like materials and packaged on either pallets or in Gaylord boxes. Once a full load of electronics is obtained (18,000 pounds), the collected electronics will be sent to our contracted recycler, Sunnking, in Brockport, New York. Sunnking is certified to the R2 Standard. The R2 Standard provides a common set of processes, safety measures, and documentation requirements for businesses that repair and recycle used electronics. R2 is rigorously and independently audited, emphasizing quality, safety, and transparency.
Countywide GIS data, and paper maps of specific parcels are available for purchase from the Property Mapping Department. Information for parcels can be accessed through the Property Mapper portal. The Cumberland County Visitors Bureau offers a free county map with major roads.
Yes. The county currently has 1-foot pixel resolution color photography. These pictures were flown by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in April 2007. In 2016, imagery was flown by EagleView Technologies (Pictometry). This imagery is 9-inch resolution color photography. It is available on the
The data is completely updated at least once quarterly. Layers that require weekly maintenance are updated more frequently. Road Center-lines and Address Points are generally updated every two weeks if possible. The tax parcel line work and related annotation is updated every week. New attribute information for the parcels is posted monthly.
2. Your child will be evaluated in six areas of development: cognitive, speech, gross motor, fine motor, social / emotional, and self help.
3. If your child is eligible for service, the Service Coordinator and therapists will work with you to develop a plan which will help your child meet their individual needs.
4. The evaluation process and planning must occur within 45 calendar days from first date of contact.
If your child is aged three years through school age, call the Capital Area Intermediate Unit and press zero at prompt.
All services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to the family. The family is a very important part of the team to help make all decisions about their child's services and plan.
Since IDD Services are voluntary, it is imperative the individual or their parent / legal guardian make the referral, not the school, doctor, or any other outside organization or person.
Additionally the juvenile be required to submit to a DNA sample if he/she is adjudicated delinquent of a felony offense or certain sexual based misdemeanor offenses.
Abraxas Youth Center (Detention and Shelter)10058 South Mountain Road, Bldg #3South Mountain, PA 17261Phone: (717) 749-3066
Children’s Aid Society (Shelter)255 Miller StreetChambersburg, PA 17201Phone: (717) 264-7000
Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center (Detention)650 Ferry StreetEaston, PA 18042Phone: (610) 559-6850
Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center (Detention)235 Circle AvenueLancaster, PA 17602Phone: (717) 299-7821
York County Youth Development Center (Shelter)3564 Heindel RoadYork, PA 17402Phone: (717) 840-7570
If pleading guilty, the Intake Officer will continue to gather important information concerning your child's homelife, school, employment and any possible counseling he/she is involved in. A YLS risk assessment will also be completed. This information will be used to present a dispositional recommendation to the Juvenile Court concerning your child.
If your child pleads not guilty, a Determination of Guilt Hearing will be scheduled in Juvenile Court before the Juvenile Court Judge. Your child will be represented by a lawyer who can assist in his/her defense. At the end of the hearing, the Judge will determine whether your child is not guilty of the alleged charges or if he/she is to be adjudicated delinquent.
Public Defender's office1 Courthouse Square, Room 300Carlisle, PA 17013Phone: (717) 240-6285Fax: (717) 240-7792Hours: Monday - Friday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(1) If a juvenile completed the Youth Aid Panel, the expungement process begins after the juvenile finalizes his/her contract.
(2) If a juvenile was given a Consent Decree or Informal Adjustment Disposition, the expungement process begins at age 18 unless the juvenile was over the age of 18 while under supervision. If the juvenile completes the Consent Decree after the age of 18, the expungement process begins six months after probation supervision ends.
(3) If a juvenile was Adjudicated Delinquent, the expungement process begins 5 years after probation supervision ends. If the individual has any misdemeanor or felony convictions as an adult, their juvenile record will not be expunged.
Our online catalog is best reached from the web site that serves all Cumberland County libraries. It is found at www.cumberlandcountylibraries.org. But since you looked here, we've got a direct catalog link for you!
The public libraries in Cumberland County, in cooperation with the administrative office of Cumberland County Library System, provide Library Services All in One Place. To find out specific information about a location, visit the Locations & Hours page.
Anyone may use any of the member libraries in the Cumberland County Library System (CCLS). Some benefits are limited to card holders.
You can get a free library card if:
If you don't live or pay taxes in Cumberland County or the Shippensburg School District, you can:
If you live or pay property taxes in Cumberland County or Shippensburg Area School District, you can use any library in Cumberland County. To find your nearest library, visit our locations and hours page. It includes links to Google maps and a search by ZIP code.
Please report any change in your personal information to the library as soon as possible. Call or visit, or use our online form.
Call your library immediately and report a lost or stolen card, or use our online form.
The CCLS headquarters office is an independent agency of government. For this reason, the library system maintains a separate web site which includes an in-depth list of frequently asked questions.
Ask for Intake.
For residents with limited or no private insurance coverage, no eligibility for Medical Assistance / HealthChoices, and no other resources to pay for mental health services, the County Mental Health Program Office funds local agencies to provide behavioral health services. The County Program also pays for selected specialized services that typical private insurance and HealthChoices do not cover. Priority is given to persons with serious and persistent mental illness.
Then contact either The Stevens Center in Carlisle at 717.243.6033 (x225 or x234) or Holy Spirit Behavioral Health Center in Camp Hill at 717.763.2219 and ask for intake.
If you believe there is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.
If the behavior is not immediately dangerous, call Crisis Intervention at 866.350.4357.
Many insurance companies now also maintain websites with similar information available.
You will be required to complete additional paperwork at time of fingerprinting or you can complete, print and bring this Fingerprint Form with you. Fingerprint Additional Information
Office of Vital Statistics, Division of Vital Records101 South Mercer Street P.O. Box 1528New Castle, PA 16101 In all other circumstances, you must petition the Court.
PA passed an Extended Producer Responsibility electronics recycling law in 2010 which, quite frankly, has failed to provide the robust manufacturer supported electronics recycling opportunities many thought it would. Primarily in response to the lack of manufacturer supported TV recycling opportunities, Cumberland County opened a fee-based electronics recycling center in July 2017. For details, please visit our
Computer equipment is accepted for recycling at the Cumberland County Electronics Recycling Center at a fee of $0.50 per pound. For a list of other places that might accept computer equipment for recycling, please visit our
Please contact your hauler for acceptable recyclables. Your hauler may be identified using our
An individual who is 18 years of age or older and is licensed to hunt, trap, or fish, or who has been issued a permit relating to hunting dogs, may apply for a Sportsman’s Permit by submitting a completed application along with the required fee to the County Treasurer’s Office. The permit shall be issued immediately and be valid for a period of five years from the date of issue for any “legal firearm,” when carried in conjunction with a valid hunting, fur taking or fishing license, or permit relating to hunting dogs. The issuance of a Sportsman's Firearm Permit allows the individual to carry a firearm if such persons are actually hunting, taking furbearers or fishing, or are going to the places where they desire to hunt, take furbearers or fish, or returning from such places.
You must complete an application and return it to our office in person. Licenses to Carry Firearms can not be renewed any sooner than 60 days prior to the expiration date.
A Service Request Form is available on the Sheriff's Office website.
Sheriff's Sales of real estate are regularly scheduled four times per year (March, June, September and December).
In addition to the listed quarterly sale dates, a Monthly Continuance Sale of Real Estate is scheduled for each calendar month in the year in order to provide the Mortgage Companies overflow dates to accommodate extenuating legal circumstances related to the sales.
In addition, you may view the list of properties on this website.
The property will be sold by an auctioneer.
$44.00 (This amount is subject to annual legislative fee adjustment - 2018 fee shown) made payable to whichever District Court is performing the wedding. You must apply for the license at least 3 business days prior to the ceremony in the Cumberland County Register of Wills office. The following MDJ's perform weddings: Day, Clement, Beckley, Sanderson (East Pennsboro Township residents only), Silcox (Hampden & Silver Spring residents only). The following MDJ's do not perform weddings: Martin, Fegley, Cohick, Adams, and Birbeck.
If you are involved in a dispute over a landlord/tenant issue, the time frame for hearings and appeals is different from those addressed in this pamphlet. You may also be brought before a district judge to answer a summary offense charge or a motor vehicle violation. The proceedings are similar but each has specific rules not covered in this pamphlet.
Non-traffic summary offenses include disorderly conduct, underage drinking, harassment, criminal mischief and first offense shoplifting.
In certain circumstances, a police officer may arrest someone, take him/her into custody and then before a magisterial district judge (formerly called a district justice). In that case, a hearing can be requested. The hearing may be held immediately or at a later time, for which the magisterial district judge may require security to guarantee that person’s appearance. A citation will still be prepared and given to that person.
The instructions on the citation must be followed. Generally, if you receive a citation, you must within 10 days either plead guilty and pay the fine, or plead not guilty and request a hearing. If you fail to respond to the citation as instructed, you can be arrested and brought to court and, in cases involving traffic citations, your license may be suspended.
The constable will return the warrant and the security money to the magisterial district judge, who will then send out a notice of the date and time of the hearing to you and the police if a not-guilty plea has been made. If you do not pay the security money to the constable, you can be arrested and taken before the magisterial district judge.
At the hearing, the police officer and other witnesses for the prosecution will testify, then you or your attorney may ask questions of the police or others who testify against you. You can then produce your own witnesses and testify yourself if you wish to do so. The police or district attorney can question you or any of your witnesses. The police can then introduce any additional evidence to contradict or disprove what you or your witnesses said. Finally, each side is given the opportunity to make any concluding statements or arguments to the magisterial district judge.
The magisterial district judge will then decide the case. If you are found not guilty, all security you posted will be returned to you. If you are found guilty, the security will go toward paying the amount of the fine and costs.
You must appeal within 30 days of the guilty finding or plea of guilt by filing a form obtained from the Clerk of Courts (Summary Appeal form and instructions - provided by the Clerk of Courts). When the case is tried in common pleas court, you will have a completely new trial.
The police generally do not have the right to appeal if you are found not guilty by the magisterial district judge.
If you want further advice about handling a summary charge, you should contact a lawyer. The immediate aid of a lawyer is advisable whenever a person is charged with a traffic summary offense. A conviction may result in the assignment of points or a suspension/ revocation of a driver’s license. A conviction on a driver’s record may also affect a driver’s insurance rates. The aid of an attorney is also warranted in many cases involving non-traffic summary offenses.
This material has been developed to inform and not to advise. The District Court and its staff are NOT permitted to give legal advice, so please do not ask. It is based on Pennsylvania law. The statements are general. IF IN DOUBT CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY.
Earned Income/Local Services Tax
The Occupation Tax is authorized by the Local Tax enabling Act, and is levied on allresidents 18 years of age and older. It is based on a person’s job title, NOT INCOME.Currently, the tax is levied by Newville Borough.Cumberland County’s Assessment schedule lists approximately 120 titles, each of whichhas been assigned an assessment value ranging from 0 to 1,000 in increments of 100.The amount of tax is computed by multiplying the tax rate set by the taxing body timesthe assessment value of the job title. For example, if your job title carries an assessmentvalue of 300, and your municipality has set a tax rate of 15%, your occupation taxamount would be .15 x 300 which equals $45.
It is the responsibility of the individual taxpayer to ensure that he or she is on the taxrolls. Anyone who fails to file and pay occupation taxes shall be retroactively assessedand may be immediately billed at the applicable penalty, face or discount amount by theappropriate taxing bodies.
The deadline for correction or appeal of one’s job title is ninety (90) days from the dateof the tax bill.Four School Districts in the County, Big Spring, Camp Hill, Shippensburg and WestShore levy a flat tax called a Residency Tax. This tax is either $5.00 or $10.00
Local Services Tax
Act 7 of 2007 amended the Local Tax Enabling Act, Act 511 of 1965, to permitmunicipalities and school district to impose, on persons employed within the jurisdiction,a combined Local Services Tax (LST) of up to a maximum of $52 a year. Municipalitiesmust use funds from an LST for police, fire or emergency services; road construction ormaintenance; or the reduction of property taxes. Additionally, municipalities must use atleast 25% of the revenues for emergency services. This limitation does not apply to theschool district. The situs for the LST is the actual location where the individual taxpayerworks. No person should pay more that $52 a year, regardless of the number of politicaljurisdictions in which they worked during that year. Contact the taxing municipality andschool district where you work to find out if they have adopted the LST.
I. The March Bill
A. You will receive at this time a Personal Tax Notice which will include the following:
1. County Per Capita Tax
2. Municipal Per Capita Tax
3. Occupation Tax if you reside in Lower Allen Township, Lower Frankford Township, Newburg, Newville or Shippensburg Borough. This list of municipalities may change at any time.
B. If you own real estate, you will also receive a separate Real Estate Tax Bill which includes the following:
1. County Real Estate Tax
2. Municipal Real Estate Tax
II. The July Bill
A. You will receive at this time a Personal Tax Notice which may include the following:
1. School District Per Capita Tax
2. School District Residency Tax
B. If you own real estate, you will also receive a separate Real Estate Tax Bill which will show the amount of tax owed to your school district.
Please follow the links to see a Tax Collector List and a Millage Rate page.
The Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau collects delinquent County, Municipal and School real estate taxes. These taxes were originally billed from your local tax collector. The Bureau also collects Clean and Green Rollback taxes.
THIS BUREAU DOES NOT COLLECT EARNED INCOME TAX (EIT) OR LOCAL SERVICE TAX (LST). PLEASE CONTACT:
Cumberland County Tax Bureau 21 Waterford Drive, Ste 201
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
Payment can be made by certified check, money order, cashier’s check, attorney check, mortgage company check or settlement agency check made payable to Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau. All correspondence can be submitted to:
Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau One Courthouse Square, Room 106 Carlisle, PA 17013-3387
Payment can also be made online by credit & debit card by calling 1-888-877-0450 (press opt. 1, then opt. 2, then opt. 3) or online at www.paylocalgov.com/cumberlandpa-tax . Use the control number of the property as reference.
Value Payment Systems (VPS) charges a convenience fee for payment processing. Acceptable cards are American Express®, Discover®, Master Card® and Visa®. Debit cards with the Master Card® or Visa® logo are also accepted.
A credit/debit card payment will take 24-72 hours to post to the tax claim account and the online delinquent listing. Payment via debit/credit card will not be accepted 2 days prior to a tax sale.
The Bureau receives your taxes from your local collector when they are at the penalty amount. A filling fee of $15.00 will be added to each tax bill that is delinquent. Interest in the amount of ¾ of 1% (9% a year) will accrue the month after taxes are turned over to the Bureau. Also mailing and posting fees will be added accordingly.
This is a flat tax levied upon each person 18 years of age and over living in the County. It is levied by most of the Municipalities. The County does not levy a per-capita tax. Some school districts levy a per capita tax which is mailed in July along with the school real estate tax bills.
All local payroll taxes can be address by contacting Cumberland County Tax Bureau at 717-590-7997 or at www.cumberlandtax.org .
Official Payments enables Cumberland County consumers to pay their delinquent real estate taxes and fees by credit or debit card via the Internet. The payment process is simple and secure by visiting https://www.paylocalgov.com/cumberlandpa-tax . Cumberland County residents can pay their delinquent county, library, municipal and school real estate taxes plus costs by using American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, and VISA® credit cards and debit cards with the MasterCard® or VISA® logo.
Paying taxes and fees by credit or debit card allows consumers to take advantage of card rewards, payment flexibility, convenience, and safety. A nominal fee is charged by Value Payments Systems (VPS) based on the transaction amount. The consumer is notified of this fee before their payment is made.
A Tax Certification is a written statement of the status of delinquent taxes on property. Certifications can be obtained by sending in a request along with check or money order made payable to Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau, One Courthouse Square, Room 106, Carlisle, PA 17013 or on-line at www.paylocalgov.com/cumberlandpa-tax using the tax parcel number of the property as reference. (convenience fee applies to on-line request).
Value Payment Systems, LLC (VPS) is a privately held payment service company headquartered in Nashville, TN. VPS makes it possible for citizens to pay their government taxes and fees, using their credit and debit cards by phone at 888-877-0450 or on-line at www.paylocalgov.com/cumberlandpa-tax.
Founded in 2008 the business is derived from a core tax and payments business understanding specializing in online payments for:
-government (federal, state & local) -financial institutions
-property management -tax preparers
-educational institutions -utilities and public sector entities
-healthcare companies -other corporate billers
American Express®, Discover®, Master Card® and Visa® credit cards. Also debit cards with the Master Card® or Visa® logo.
Value Payments Systems (VPS) charges a convenience fee for processing the payment transaction. The fee is not charged by or paid to the Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau or Cumberland County. The convenience fee is assessed to cover operating costs and the costs associated with servicing thousands of card transactions.
You will be informed of all charges and fees before you authorize the payment. When a consumer uses the service, two line items will appear on their card bill. One is for the tax and costs owed to the Tax Claim Bureau and the other are for the convenience fee charged by VPS.
The system has been tested and proven. The IRS and several state and local governments have chosen Value Payments System (VPS) as an electronic service provider for their constituents. The information gathered is private and will not be forwarded to anyone.
Yes. You will be provided a confirmation number at the end of the payment transaction either by phone or on-line. This confirmation number and your card statement will provide confirmation of your card payment to the Tax Claim Bureau. Additionally, if you provide us your email address or send in a self-addressed stamped envelope to Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau, One Courthouse Square, room 106, Carlisle, PA 17013, you will receive a receipt of your online payment.
You can verify the payment of your delinquent real estate taxes by calling the Tax Claim Bureau the next business day at 717-240-6366 or 1-888-697-0371, ext. 6366. You may request a receipt to be emailed to you or send in a self-addressed stamped envelope to Cumberland County Tax Claim Bureau, One Courthouse Square, Rm. 106, Carlisle, PA 17013.
Contact ValuePayment Systems (VPS) at 888-877-0450 first to see what the status of thetransaction is. If the status is approved, then you would be advised tocontact your banking institution.
Your online payment will take 24-72 hours to be applied to your Tax Claim Bureau account and the same amount of time to post to the delinquent listing on the Tax Claim Bureau website.
No, all credit card transactions must be made by the consumer via telephone to Value Payment Systems (VPS) at 1-888-877-0450 or on-line at www.paylocalgov.com/cumberlandpa-tax . Payment may also be made in person via the credit/debit card terminal at the Tax Claim Bureau office.
Yes, you may visit the Tax Claim Bureau and make a credit/debit card payment using a public terminal.
You may check your delinquent tax balance at www.ccpa.net. Click on the Public Records link and then choose the Delinquent Real Estate Tax Database link. You will be asked to either enter your parcel number or the street address. This information is on your tax bill. You may also call the Tax Claim Bureau at 717-240-6366 or 888-697-0371 ext. 6366 to obtain a verbal balance or request a tax certification which includes a $5.00 fee.
NOTE: Items 1 thru 4 of the above are required for UPI certification.After the clerk has verified the information, a bar code sticker will be placed on the document tocertify the UPI. If the clerk cannot certify the UPI, a rejection notice, with reason for rejection, will beattached to the document and returned to the person/agency by the Recorder of Deeds.
New Development Examples
Example “A” – Greenacre Development – 100 Lots . Developer owns a 100 acretract and is subdividing it into 100 one acre lots. Developer files a single subdivision plan for all100 lots, files a $1,000,000 development mortgage, and files a Declaration of HomeownersAssociation, all before infrastructure or other construction is started, and before any lot isconveyed. What are the UPI number(s)?The single UPI number for the original tract goes on each instrument. The plan has notyet been “activated” because no work has begun nor deed recorded. (53 P.S. §10513(b)) Inaddition, the UPI staff will create a new reference parcel number for the Homeowners Associationthat the Developer will have to put on the Declaration of Homeowners Association. It isrecommended that the Developer contact the UPI staff in advance, so that this number can becreated and placed on the Declaration prior to its submission for certification.
Example “B” – Greenacre Development – First Deed. Same as Example “A” exceptdeveloper now presents the first deed for the first lot. What UPI number should the developerinclude on the instrument?“Part of” and the original parcel number. The Tax Mapping office will then activate theplan, and assign a UPI to each of the 100 lots on the plan. The new UPI for the individual lot willbe written on the deed by the UPI Staff and certified. In the alternative, the developer maycontact the UPI Staff in advance and request activation of the plan in order to obtain the UPInumbers for the new lots. The request must be in writing and will activate the plan forassessment purposes.
Example “C” – Greenacre Development – Construction. Same as Example “A”except developer undertakes construction of infrastructure and six weeks later presents the firstdeed for the first lot. What UPI number is affixed to the instrument?The plan should have been “activated” by the construction activity. A UPI will have been,or will be, issued for each new lot. The developer should contact the UPI Staff, ascertain the newUPI number for the lot to be conveyed, and show that on the deed.
Example “D” – Greenacre Development – Amended Declaration. Same asExamples “B” and “C” except that after the plan has been activated the developer records anamended Declaration of Homeowners Association. What UPI number(s) is/are to be affixed tothe instrument?A Homeowners Association or Condominium Association will have its own “referenceparcel” UPI number. This single reference parcel UPI number is to be shown on all documentsconcerning the Homeowners Association or Condominium Association. Currently, title searchersmust search not only the lot owner, but also the Homeowners Association to ascertain anyamendments to the Declaration, etc., which may effect the new owner’s interest. UPI will notchange this.
Example “E” – Greenacre Development – Deed Restrictions. Same as Example “D”except instead of forming a planned community with a Homeowners Association (or acondominium) the developer simply creates 100 fee simple lots, records deed restrictions withthe original plan, and after the plan has been activated, desires to amend the restrictions. WhatUPI number(s) is/are to be affixed to the instrument?All 100 UPI numbers must be included and certified on the amendment. A fee of $10.00per UPI number ($1,000.00) will be due.* * *
Example “F” – Blackacre Development – Phase 1. Developer owns a 100 acre tractand is subdividing it into 100 one acre lots. Developer files a phase 1 subdivision plan for 20 lots,files a $1,000,000 development mortgage, and files a Declaration of Homeowners Association, allbefore infrastructure or other construction is started, and before any lot is conveyed. What arethe UPI number(s)?Same example as New Development Example “A.” The plan is not yet activated, andtherefore the original tract’s UPI number is placed on the phase 1 subdivision plan and mortgage.The Developer should contact the UPI staff and obtain a new “reference parcel” number for theDeclaration of Homeowners Association.
Example “G” – Blackacre Development – Second Mortgage. Same as NewDevelopment Example “F” except after the plan is “activated” by Tax Mapping due to constructionactivity occurring on site, the developer obtains a supplemental mortgage for $1,500,000 that isto be a lien on the developer’s entire property. What are the UPI number(s)?The instrument must have at least 21 UPI numbers, to wit: The residual 80 acre tract UPInumber, plus the numbers for all of the first 20 lots. In addition to the 21 lot and residual tractUPI numbers, the mortgage must set forth the “reference parcel” UPI number for any associationif any portion of the tract is identified by the association’s UPI number, and if applicable, the UPInumber for any other open space or amenity lot.
Example “H” – Blackacre Development – First Deed then Second Mortgage. Sameas New Development Example “G” except that the plan is “activated” by Tax Mapping due to thefirst lot conveyance having occurred, and then the developer obtains a supplemental mortgagefor $1,500,000 which is to be a lien on the developer’s entire property. What are the UPInumber(s)?The instrument must have at least 20 UPI numbers, to wit: The residual 80 acre tract UPInumber, plus the numbers for all of the remaining 19 Phase 1 lots. In addition to the 20 lot andresidual tract UPI numbers, the mortgage must set forth the “reference parcel” UPI number forany association if any portion of the tract is identified by the association’s UPI number, and ifapplicable, the UPI number for any other open space or amenity lot.
Example “I” – Blackacre Development – Perimeter Description. A plan is activatedas in Example “G.” The developer desires to place the $1,500,000 mortgage on the entireoriginal tract. May he use the original 100 acre perimeter description, or must he use 20individual lot descriptions plus a description for the residual 80 acre tract?If the plan which sets forth the 20 lots and the residual tract also contains the perimetersurvey, then the mortgage may be described by the perimeter description. In addition to the 21lot UPI numbers (20 lots plus one residual tract), the mortgage must set forth the UPI number forany open space or amenity lot still owned by Developer.
Example “J” – Blackacre Development – Phase 2. Same as New DevelopmentExample “F” except that the developer has now conveyed half of the Phase 1 lots, and records aPhase 2 subdivision plan for lots 21-40, together with a $2,000,0000 infrastructure mortgage andan amendment of the Homeowner’s Association declaration submitting the Phase 2 lots to theassociation. What UPI number(s) should be affixed to the instruments?The Final Phase 2 Subdivision Plan and the $2,000,000 mortgage will have the residual 80acre UPI number. (If the mortgage is to cover any of the remaining lots in Phase 1, those UPInumbers must be added.) The amendment of the Homeowners Association declaration will carryonly the UPI number for the Association, and a “Part of” UPI number for the 80 acre formerresidual tract because Phase 2 (20 acres for lots 21-40) will now be added to the HomeownersAssociation parcel.* * *
Example “K” – Whiteacre Development – Open Space Deed. Two years after adevelopment is begun, the developer conveys open space area to the Association. What UPInumber(s) should be affixed to the deed?There should be a UPI number assigned to the open space lot or lots, and it should be the“reference parcel” number for the Homeowners Association. With subsequent phases, andmultiple open space, storm water detention area, amenity, or other such parcels, there may bemultiple reference parcel numbers. The drafter of the deed should contact the Tax Mappingdepartment in advance of preparing the deed and submitting it for recording. If an open spacelot had been given a parcel number other than the “reference parcel” number for theHomeowners Association, then that prior number for the open space lot will be eliminated andthe “reference parcel” number for the Homeowners Association allocated also to the open spacelot being conveyed to the Association. Therefore, the Developer must either have establishedthat the “reference parcel” number for the Homeowners Association will be used, and place thatnumber on the deed for the open space lot, or the Developer will place the prior UPI number onthe deed, and will be required to change that number when the deed is presented forcertification.
Example “L” – Whiteacre Development – Deed of Dedication. Two years after thedevelopment is begun, the developer prepares a deed of dedication for the road. What UPInumber(s) should be affixed to the deed?Deeds of dedication have been excepted from the definition of instruments requiring aUPI. UPI numbers are not needed for public road right-of-way areas.