Government and Township Contacts
Incorporated as a Township of the First Class in 1900, Lower Merion encompasses the towns of Bala Cynwyd, Belmont Hills, Gladwyne, Merion, Penn Valley, Penn Wynne, and Wynnewood, as well as part of Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Rosemont and Villanova. Lower Merion Township is the largest municipality in Montgomery County encompassing 23.6 square miles, 22,868 households, and 59,850 people (2000 Census).
The Township’s governing body consists of 14 Commissioners, one elected from each ward for a four year term, with seven members elected every other year. The three Ardmore Commissioners are Steve Lindner (South Ardmore/Haverford), Jane Dellheim (Ard-Wood), and Cheryl Gelber (North Ardmore). The Board of Commissioners meet monthly to conduct business and set policy. The Board appoints a Township Manager (Douglas S. Cleland) as the chief executive officer who oversees the day-to-day operations of Lower Merion.
For more information and updated announcements please visit the Lower Merion Township website at.
General Information, 610-649-4000
Office of Public Information, 610-645-6199
Lower Merion’s Tax Rates
Mercantile Tax: 1.0 mill
Business Privilege Tax: 1.5 mills
Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST): $52 on individuals who work in the Township, who earn more than $12,000
Deed Transfer Tax: 0.5% of the transfer price of property
Property Tax: 21.402 mills (School district); 3.68 mills (Twp)
Average Twp Real Estate Tax Bill: $1,311
Building and Planning Department
Robert E. Duncan, Director
Building, Permits and Zoning
Angela Murray, Assistant Director, Assistant Director for Economic & Community Development
Chris Leswing, Assistant Planning Director 610-645-6116
ano, Assistant Director, Building Division
Michael Wylie, Zoning Officer, Building Dept
Economic Development Office
Eric Persson, Economic Development Specialist
Lower Merion Township is now a member of the Montgomery County Health Department. Please call (610) 278-5117 for information.
Charles J. McGarvey, Chief Fire Officer
Merion Fire Company of Ardmore is located at 35 Greenfield Avenue. Tom Hayden is the Chief of the Ardmore Fire Co. 610-642-9580 or call 911
Michael J. McGrath, Superintendent
Emergencies: 610-642-4200 or 911
Public Works Department
Donald K. Cannon, Director 610-645-6150
Street lights, public areas, maintenance of street furniture.
Lower Merion Treasurer’s Office
Samuel T. Adenbaum, Treasurer
Collects Township and school district real estate taxes, sanitary sewer rent, and solid waste fees.
Peggy Newman, Director
108 Ardmore Avenue
116 A Cricket Avenue
Ardmore PA 19003-2285
30 Ardmore Ave
Ardmore, PA 19003
Since being named a local Historic District in 1993, all proposed changes to the exterior of any building in the historic district visible from the public right-of-way must be reviewed by the township’s Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB). This citizen advisory board consists of 9 members and evaluates changes proposed in overall plot density, arrangement, design, materials or texture of a façade. If a project is recommended after review, a Certificate of Appropriateness is then sought from the Board of Commissioners. HARB review helps ensure the appropriateness of renovations so as to preserve the historic character of the district. However, owners and tenants should be aware that this additional level of review when a building permit is sought may add time to the application process. Call Michael Wylie at 610-645-6200 for more information. The Ardmore Initiative Executive Director can help new Ardmore businesses with application forms and explanations.
Ardmore Post Office 610-649-5810
Montgomery County Information Center 610-278-3000
Ardmore Train Station 6 10-642-4292
Aqua Pennsylvania 1-877-WTR-AQUA
PECO Energy 800-494-4000