Washington Township was incorporated in 1856, a small township that was formed from 50.1 square miles of land between Wayne and Pine Grove Townships. Home to parts of Sweet Arrow Lake and Swatara Creek, Washington Township is also known for being home to two of the county’s remaining covered bridges located in Rock, that cross over the Lower Little Swatara Creek.

In 1880 Washington Township’s population was approximately 1,354 residents, the 2000 census recorded 2,750 residents, the 2010 census recorded 3,033 residents and the 2020 census has the township growing with 3,130 residents.

Board of supervisors

john j. krause


John was elected in 2022. John has been a resident in Washington Township his entire life. He is currently a Facilities Project Coordinator for Penn State University.


Eric T. Wolfe


Eric was elected in 2023 and began his term in 2024.

lynn a. brown


Lynn was elected in 2014. He began working for the township in 2016 and became Road Master in 2017.

elected tax collector

keith heinbach

Keith was elected as Tax Collector in 2017.

138 Covered Bridge Road

Pine Grove, PA 17963


Office hours are March & April only! After April 30th you must call for an appointment.

Monday & Tuesday 9am-12pm at the Township office Building

Thursday 4pm-7pm at 138 Covered Bridge Road

tax facts:

Washington Township has not increased the tax mills since 2008.

Spring Tax bills include: County & Township, real estate & per capita

Fall Tax bills include: School District real estate & occupation tax

Who Benefits Tax  Mills  Flat Tax  Payable To
Pine Grove Area School District Real Estate 41.75   Berkheimer
Pine Grove Area School District Occupation Tax    $  250.00 Berkheimer
Schuylkill County Real Estate 15.38   Keith Heinbach
Schuylkill County Funded Debt 0.6   Keith Heinbach
Schuylkill County Per Capita Tax    $      5.00 Keith Heinbach
Washington Township Real Estate 3.5   Keith Heinbach
Washington Township Per Capita Tax    $    10.00 Keith Heinbach
2023 Assess value of property in Washington Township      $  67,933,285.00
Pine Grove Area School District Real Estate 41.75  $    2,836,214.65
Schuylkill County Real Estate 15.38  $    1,044,813.92
Schuylkill County Funded Debt 0.6  $          40,759.97
Washington Township Real Estate 3.5  $        237,766.50
       $    4,159,555.04



elected auditors

barry newswanger


Term ends 2025


nicholas miller


Term ends 2027


ben readinger


Term ends 2023


rick wiest


Rick has been serving as township solicitor of Washington Township since 2000.

Employee Policies

Employee Handbook COVID Policy


  • Holly Reinford – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Lynn Brown- Road Master
  • Chris Light- Road crew
  • Bruce Fehr- Road crew