Easttown Township, a second-class township under Pennsylvania law, is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors who are elected at large for six-year terms in staggered elections select a chairman and vice-chairman at the annual reorganization meeting in January. The present Board of Supervisors has elected to serve without compensation for their service to the township.
The Board of Supervisors meeting takes place on the first and the third Monday of the month, except when the Monday happens to be a holiday. In that case, the Board of Supervisors would then meet on the Tuesday immediately following the holiday. Supervisors meet at 7:00 P.M. for a work session; with the Business meeting commencing at 7:30 PM. All meetings are open to the public.
Other elected officials include the tax collector, constable, and auditors. The current tax collector has chosen to designate the township administrative office as the tax collecting agent for the township taxes. The tax collector does not receive a salary for the position. The constable serves subpoenas when called upon to do so by the District Justice. Three auditors are elected to prepare the annual audit, which is filed with the Board of Supervisors, Chester County officials, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community Affairs.
In 1969, the Pennsylvania legislature passed Act 247, the Municipalities Planning Code, that allows townships to take responsibility for planning and zoning to regulate growth and development. In addition to the Board of Supervisors, the Code requires a Planning Commission and a Zoning Hearing Board. The ultimate responsibility lies with the Board of Supervisors who act on planning and zoning matters after receiving advice from the Planning Commission, a five member board appointed by the Supervisors for preparing, updating and overseeing the Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Subdivision Ordinance required by Act 247.
View the Board of Supervisors Minutes.