Local officials are still learning how Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to charge $25 per capita for state police service will affect them. According to Wolf spokesperson Ryan Tarkowski, the fee would only apply to municipalities with no part-time or full-time local police coverage.
In Tioga County, Charleston Township has the largest population among municipalities with no local police force. At 3,467 people, the township would pay $86,675 per year. A Charleston supervisor said this week they are not prepared to comment on the proposal. The second most populous township, Delmar, did not respond to a request for comment.
Police departments are very interested in the proposal and its implications. Blossburg Police Department started patrolling adjacent Hamilton Township two years ago. That means Hamilton would be exempt from the fee. Likewise, Tioga Township would be exempt because a Tioga Borough officer works there six hours per week. The rest of the time, state police respond