HARRISBURG – A bill sponsored by Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin that includes emergency measures to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency was signed into law today. Act 15 of 2020 takes a number of steps to ensure local governments can continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would allow local governments to provide greater flexibility on property tax deadlines, permit local governments to conduct remote meetings, and give notaries emergency authorization to notarize documents remotely through the use of communications technology. Under the new law, local governments can now extend deadlines for property tax discount rates to any date up until August 31, and waive any fee or penalty for late payments of property taxes if paid in full by the end of the year. The law would give local taxing bodies more flexibility to help local taxpayers who are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 crisis, Martin said.

SEN. SCOTT MARTIN