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  • Do I still have to pay EMST or OPT?

  • How will the LST revenue be used by the Township of Lower Merion?

  • How many people does this affect?

  • When is payment of the LST due?

  • Will employers have to vary withholding amounts to make sure that $52 is collected from every employee?

  • If LST is incorrectly withheld is there a refund process?

  • Is there any way for those eligible for an exemption to avoid having LST withheld?

  • Will any person who works in the Township be exempt from paying LST?

  • What differentiates the EMST from the LST?

  • What is the Local Services Tax (LST)?

  • Where can I find information on the Township’s outstanding debt?

  • Where can I review a copy of the Township's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) or Budget?

  • My smoke detector is chirping, what does that mean?

  • Are fire pits permitted in the Township?

  • Can I burn leaves and/or sticks on my property?

  • Do you have any parks where my dog can be off leash?

  • If I have more questions or need clarification, how can I get answers?

  • How can I learn more about the new Solid Waste Fee structure?

  • How does the Township define “curbside collection”?

  • How do I get a crash report?

  • Where can I purchase a dog license?

  • Where can I purchase a dog license?

  • Is there a list of approved student homes?

  • How long does the solicitor permit application process take

  • What is required for the Solicitor Permit

  • What are the costs associated with a Solicitor Permit

  • How do I obtain a Solicitors Permit

  • Who must obtain a Solicitors Permit

  • Why are my fees going to change?

  • By how much will my fees increase?

  • Is curbside collection mandatory for multi-family units or townhomes?

  • What will happen if I don't comply with curbside collection?

  • What will be the cost to receive Rear-Yard Collection?

  • What about households where no one is physically able to place their refuse/recycling within five-feet of the curb line?

  • Are there any incentives to reduce trash disposal?

  • Does the Township offer a Senior Citizens Discount?

  • How does the Township define a container size?

  • I currently have a 30-gallon container. Can I increase the size of my container to reduce my 2016 subscription level?

  • When will I choose my subscription level for 2017?

  • If I don't want to change my level of service, do I need to return the subscription form?

  • What do I do about a sanitary sewer problem?

  • What is the current method for Township refuse and recycling refuse pick-up?

  • What is the Solid Waste Fund (SWF)?

  • Will my trash still be picked up once a week if a new collection option is selected?

  • What is the Sanitary Sewer Rental Rate?

  • How do I find out what goods and/or services are being bid by the Township?

  • Are there dollar limits which govern the purchasing procurement method?

  • Will the Township accept faxed bids?

  • Where and when are bid openings held?

  • What are the different types of smoke detectors?

  • Where should smoke detectors be placed in our home?

  • How do I obtain a Dog License?

  • What do I need to do to install a pool?

  • What are residents required to do to assist the sweeping process?

  • Which streets are swept?

  • Should residents rake leaves into the street?

  • Why doesn’t the township collect leaves raked into the street?

  • What should residents do with their leaves?

  • Where can residents purchase leaf bags?

  • Who is my Congressman/State Senator/State Representative and their districts and County Commissioners/School District Board?

  • What Ward/District am I in?

  • Who is my Commissioner?

  • Where do I go to vote?

  • When does the Board and its subcommittees meet and where?

  • How do I get to address the Board at a meeting?

  • Where do I obtain a copy of an Ordinance?

  • Where can I find your legal advertising?

  • How do I get a copy of the minutes from public meetings?

  • How do I schedule a meeting with my commissioner?

  • Where can I view the Township Code?

  • How do I apply for a volunteer appointment to Township Boards and Commissions?

  • Where do I secure permits for various projects and home improvements?

  • Where do I pay a traffic ticket?

  • What time does the Township open/close?

  • Where can I look at historical records such as minutes and the budget?

  • Where do I call to...

  • How do I request that my street be resurfaced?

  • How do I contact the Refuse Division?

  • How do I report a problem with, or learn more about, my refuse and recycling collection?

  • How often does refuse and recycling collection occur?

  • Are there any days that the Township does not collect refuse or recycling?

  • How do I schedule the collection of additional refuse not provided for under the subscription level of refuse collection?

  • What items can I recycle?

  • How do I dispose of leaves?

  • How do I dispose of shrubbery and tree trimmings?

  • How do I dispose of grass clippings?

  • How do I dispose of motor oil?

  • How do I dispose of items considered to be hazardous?

  • May municipal trash containers be used for household trash?

  • Whose responsibility is the maintenance of the trees?

  • What is the right-of-way?

  • How can I get a tree trimmed, removed, planted, etc.?

  • Who is responsible for the sidewalk and curb that borders my property?

  • Who do I contact to have a street light repaired?

  • How do I request a new street light?

  • What is the schedule for street sweeping?

  • What is the special water meter program?

  • How can I reach other Recreation Program providers?

  • What are my obligatios to the Treasurer regarding my property?

  • When are the tax bills mailed?

  • I never received my tax bill, why?

  • Why should I pay the flat/penalty when I never received the first bill in time to pay the discount?

  • What fees are assessed by the Treasurer's Office for tax administration?

  • I need tax receipts for the last several years, where do I obtain these?

  • What are your hours?

  • Where are you located?

  • Can I pay by credit cards or electronic check?

  • Why is my Sanitary Sewer Rent bill so high?

  • What hours is the department open?

  • What is the department's mailing address?

  • Does the Police Department do fingerprinting for applications, etc?

  • Where do I renew a license or car registration?

  • Where do I pay a traffic ticket?

  • How do I find out about crime statistics for my neighborhood or about a neighborhood that I am considering moving into in the Township?

  • How do I get a copy of a police report for my insurance company?

  • What if the insurance company requests that I provide the report?

  • How do I find out which investigator is assigned to follow-up my case?

  • Does this department provide residential and commercial security surveys?

  • How can I get Crime Prevention information?

  • How do I request temporary No-Parking signs in front of my house for a special event?

  • How do I get police services for a special event at my residence or business?

  • How do I get a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA)?

  • Are there any other sources of assistance for victims of abuse or other crimes?

  • I want to become a Lower Merion Township Police Officer, how do I go about this?

  • Who do I contact about traffic problems in the Township?

  • How do I get on the Township's bidders list for goods and/or services?

  • Does the Township advertise bid solicitations?

  • Are there Bond and/or Insurance requirements when submitting bids to the Township?

  • Does the Township conduct surplus sales?

  • How do I get a permit to use a Picnic Area or a Ball Field?

  • What Parks allow dogs?

  • Can I barbecue in Township Parks?

  • How do I become a member of the Belmont Hills or the Ardmore Avenue Pool?

  • Do you have an indoor swimming pool?

  • What is offered at the Bala Gym?

  • What facilities can be used for Children's Birthday Parties?

  • How can someone adopt a park or make a contribution to beautify a park?

  • Where can I get program information?

  • What forms of payment do you accept?

  • What are the park hours?

  • Are dogs allowed off-leash in any parks?

  • Are there any lighted tennis or basketball courts?

  • Are there any street / roller hockey courts?

  • Where do I call to report a problem?

  • Are there any public boat launches in the Township?

  • Are alcoholic beverages allowed in Township parks?

  • Are there restrooms available in parks?

  • Are there any swimming pools in the Township?

  • What current positions are available?

  • Are you accepting applications?

  • Where do I obtain working papers for minors?

  • What teaching positions are available?

  • How do I apply for a Police Officer position?

  • Which are the libraries of Lower Merion Township?

  • When do you have to put money in the meter and what are the hours of enforcement?

  • What is the cost of parking at a meter?

  • How can you tell which meters are long-term parking?

  • Who should you notify if there is a problem with a malfunctioning meter?

  • Where do I go to request to have a meter bagged for periods of one day or more?

  • Is there any parking by permit in the Township?

  • How can a resident obtain a permit?

  • How much does it cost to purchase a permit?

  • What if I purchase a new car or license plate?

  • Where should the Residential Parking Permit be displayed?

  • Can I park for free at a meter, or in a Permit Parking Lot?

  • May a guest or visitor display my permit?

  • What is the penalty for parking violations?

  • What is the 'Parking Report' and where can I find it?

  • What does LMTV do?

  • What is the program schedule?

  • Can I get a videotaped copy of a show?

  • How do I get a message on the Government Access Channel?

  • Will LMTV tape our event?

  • Does the Government Access Channel offer an internship program?

  • How can I get involved at the Government Access Channel?

  • What is the phone number for reporting a hazardous spill or leak?

  • What is the phone number for reporting water pollution?

  • Where can I get a passport?

  • Where can I get a copy of my vehicle driving record?

  • How do I get information from/about Montgomery County?

  • How can I get help for Domestic Abuse?

  • Where can I get a copy of my birth certificate?

  • How do I register to vote?

  • Where do I find out where to vote?

  • How can I contact the Better Business Bureau?

  • How can I register a formal complaint with regard to my Comcast cable television or internet service?

  • Where may I call to complain about low-flying aircraft?

  • What are the requirements for a home based business?

  • Are there legal steps to having a going out of business sale?

  • What are the fire station locations and telephone numbers?

  • How do I support my local fire company?

  • Which fire halls are available for rent?

  • How are fire departments and fire hydrants situated throughout the Township?

  • Who provides fire service?

  • Are fire reports available?

  • What are the guidelines for the use of charcoal and propane?

  • How effective are smoke detectors?

  • Prohibited conduct

  • What is your fax number?

  • Where can I review a copy of the Township's Annual Financial Report or Budget?

  • What is a sanitary sewer rent bill?

  • What if I fill my swimming pool or do outside watering?

  • Who do I call if I have a question about my sewer rent bill?

  • What is solid waste?

  • Can I reduce my Solid Waste Fee container selection?

  • How do I increase my Solid Waste Fee container selection?

  • Who do I call about business tax questions?

  • Does Lower Merion Township have an Earned Income Tax (EIT)?

  • Does Lower Merion Township have an Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST)?

  • Does Lower Merion Township have an Occupational Privilege Tax (OPT)?

  • Does Lower Merion Township have a Gross Receipts Tax?

  • Is there any statute of limitation on an unfiled business tax form?

  • Where do I register a fictitious (business) name or tax ID number?

  • What is the due date for Mercantile / Business Privilege License/Tax forms?

  • What is the zoning classification of my property?

  • May I, as the property owner, perform my own plumbing and electrical work?

  • What are the requirements for building an addition or expanding my residential property?

  • Is a permit required when the homeowner is doing the work?

  • How many sets of plans are required to make application for a permit?

  • How long is the plan review process?

  • What are your present permit fees?

  • What is your fax number?

  • Does your office have any original house plans?

  • Can I get copies of my house plans?

  • I have an abandoned underground fuel oil tank on my property. Does it have to be removed and who can remove it?

  • How long is the process to receive a resale certificate?

  • Can you recommend a contractor?

  • Do you maintain a file for contractors?

  • What are the requirements for the installation of a fence?

  • Is a permit required for the installation of a fence?

  • What codes do you enforce?