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COVID-19: Mount Joy Township Office – Closed to Public

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Mount Joy Township Municipal Building lobby will be closed to the public for the near future. Payments, permit applications, and other paperwork can be mailed to us or left in the secure red drop box in front of our offices. If you need leaf and woody yard waste bags, please call 717-367-8917 or email Kristina Kirchner ( and the bags will be placed under the covered entrance to the building for pick-up. Contact Kristina for extra service trash tags as well.

Please call us at 717-367-8917 or visit our website at for the Township staff’s contact information.

Mount Joy Township Proposes 2021 Budget

At a special meeting held on November 2, 2020, the Mount Joy Township Board of Supervisors proposed a budget for calendar year 2021 of $4,290,242.00. The budget centers on the provision of core Township services including public safety, road and drainage system maintenance, and parks and recreation. The final 2021 budget is anticipated to be adopted at the December 21, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Mount Joy Township proposes no increase to the 2020 municipal real estate tax millage rate of 2.74 mills. Of this 2.74-mill rate, 0.70 mills (25.5% of the total rate) will be reserved for fire protection purposes. The proposed 2.74-mill rate equates to $2.74 per $1,000 of taxable property value, or $411.00 in annual municipal real estate tax for a property assessed at $150,000.

The entire budget can be viewed and downloaded here and is available for inspection at the Township Office during office hours. Please visit or call 717-367-8917 to speak with Township Manager Justin Evans ( with any questions or comments.

Overview 2021-25

Mount Joy Township’s 2021-2025 Road Improvement Plan

As the year 2020 comes to a close, Mount Joy Township has its sights set on an expansive 2021 road work program. We recently finished laying out a plan for road projects in the five-year period starting in 2021. The plan progresses the work done in recent years while recognizing the number of issues still outstanding. Fortunately, significant progress has been made in recent years to reduce the significant backlog of road and drainage projects. The map below is a snapshot of work completed from 2016-2020.

Completed Projects 2016-2020

In 2018, the Township Board of Supervisors asked for a five-year road improvement plan to guide our priorities and spending during the 2019-2023 period. That plan came with the goal to regularly update the plan to maintain a five-year outlook. This enables us to keep a full work program for the period while leaving flexibility in the later years as conditions may change. Quite a few adjustments were needed throughout 2020 to finalize the update for 2021-2025 in order to progress the original work plan while acknowledging a revenue decline for 2021 and 2022. Despite the anticipated COVID-related financial shortfall, Mount Joy Township is proud to keep our road repair progress moving forward!

Planned Projects 2021-2025

The map above summarizes our planned repairs, resurfacing, and pavement management projects for the upcoming five-year period. Click to view or download the 2021-2025 Road Improvement Plan and Budget Spreadsheets to see the details. A quick summary, by the numbers:

  • Reclamation & widening – 1.24 miles
  • Widening – 8.46 miles
  • Resurfacing (overlay) – 8.82 miles

Although the 2021-2025 plan must be aggressive to address the Township’s 65 miles of roads in a systematic fashion, we recognize there will be a number of outstanding issues left unaddressed. Those unprogrammed critical roadways – like Rissermill Road, Ridge Run Road, and Homestead Road – must be considered in the next version of the plan. We intend to prepare a 2023-2027 plan update starting in early 2022, so direct any comments, questions, or suggestions to Township Manager Justin Evans.

Part-time Help Wanted: Parks Maintenance

Mount Joy Township is accepting applications to assist with the maintenance of our three public parks.  We are looking for help with mowing and general maintenance at our three parks facilities.  The seasonal position is available from April through September for an average of 25 hours/week.

If interested, please submit an application to the Mount Joy Township Municipal Office located at 8853 Elizabethtown Road as soon as possible.

2020 Budget – Adopted 12/16/2019

Mount Joy Township adopted the 2020 annual budget on Monday, December 16, 2019 At the core of the 2020 budget are the fundamental responsibilities of local government: infrastructure and public safety.  In order to maintain a proper level of service to meet these obligations, an increase in the Fire Protection Tax Fund and the General Fund real estate taxes is proposed.

Fire Protection Tax Fund: An increase from 0.4 mills to 0.7 mills is needed to provide a more equitable contribution to the four volunteer fire departments that serve our community.  Mount Joy Township relies on the volunteers of Elizabethtown Friendship Fire & Hose Co., Fire Department of Mount Joy, Mastersonville Fire Co., and Rheems Fire Co. to provide this important service.  Most of this additional revenue will go towards the capital reserve contribution that helps to pay for expensive apparatus and facilities used by the emergency service providers.

General Fund: An increase from 1.84 mills to 2.04 mills will account for the rising costs of public safety and infrastructure repairs.  Local police and EMS funding is budgeted to rise by $80,000, while bridge replacement and repairs are expected to cost approximately $400,000 next year.  The additional revenue from this 0.2-mill increase will enable us to meet these obligations without compromising on the implementation of our Road Improvement Plan.

The Township Board of Supervisors and Township Administration do not take the impacts of a tax increase lightly. The Fire Protection Tax would rise by 75% and the General Fund tax would rise by 10.9%; an aggregate increase of 22.3%. This 0.5-mill total increase in municipal real estate tax will burden the owner of property assessed at $200,000 by $100 in 2020 for a total municipal tax bill of $548.

Should you have any questions on the 2020 budget, please feel free to contact Township Manager Justin Evans at or 717-367-8917.

Proposed Budget – 2020


Line Painting

Line painting is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31th on all Township roads.  Please do not attempt to pass the trucks while they are spraying the paint.  Please drive carefully!

Bear Creek Road Construction – Beginning October 2nd

Construction on Bear Creek Road between Campus Road and Sheaffer Road (Bear Creek Elementary School) is scheduled to be closed to thru traffic on October 2nd.  The Bear Creek Road/Spring Road intersection will be realigned in a several-week project that should be finished by the end of October.  Local access to Clover Lane, Shybrook Court, and Honeysuckle Court will be maintained during the intersection project, but not by way of the Spring Road intersection.

Updates can be found at

Cloverleaf Road Bridge

The Lancaster County Engineer has closed the Cloverleaf Road Bridge over the Little Chiques Creek for an indefinite period due to structural deficiencies.  The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners has indicated an intent to replace the bridge in 2021. Further information will be passed along as it is provided by the County.

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Bridge Closure – Aberdeen Mill Road Bridge

The Aberdeen Mill Road Bridge over the Conewago Creek was closed in summer 2018 due to structural deficiencies identified after repeated storm events.  We jointly own and maintain the bridge with Conewago Township and have contracted with Rettew Associates for the design of a replacement bridge.  The replacement will be a single-span bridge with brand […]

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