Welcome to Berwick Township
The house number of the dwelling address shall be displayed on the house and mailbox to facilitate prompt identification of your location by emergency personnel. (Ordinance No. 19)
At this time, all Adams County Tax Collector offices are closed until further notice. Payments can be mailed or put in the slot of the door. If requesting a receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please contact Deb Becker at 717-624-3130 for actual tax collector office hours after the State stay-at-home orders are lifted. Tax payers will continue to be encouraged to use mail or the door slot to reduce face-to-face contact at that time.
Please mail to:
Deborah A. Becker
1025 Race Track Road
Abbottstown, PA 17301
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE DECENNIAL CENSUS?
Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?
Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
- Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
- Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
- Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives. The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning in mid-March, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online. In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that haven’t responded to the census. In 2020, for the first time ever, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, but you can still respond by phone or mail if you prefer. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
- HOW CAN I RESPOND?
- WHEN WILL I COMPLETE THE CENSUS?
WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED?
The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL NOT BE REQUESTED?
The Census Bureau will never ask for:
- Social Security numbers.
- Bank or credit card account numbers.
- Money or donations.
- Anything on behalf of a political party. Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census Bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsibly and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE? Or go to Adams County’s 2020 Census web page:
- You can learn more about the 2020 Census by visiting 2020census.gov.
- The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.
- WILL MY INFORMATION BE KEPT
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