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Published on December 15, 2021 at 1:45 p.m.
Ross Township supervisors held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the vacancy in its position as tax collector, which resulted from the death of Sharon Steen on Nov. 22.
Steen’s current term ends Dec. 31. She ran unopposed in the November election and her new term would have started on January 1, 2022.
Steen had served the township in various capacities for about 15 years. Prior to serving as a tax collector, she was a part-time secretary and a part-time planning commission.
Supervisors have 30 days, December 22, to appoint someone to complete the current term and complete Steen’s various year-end duties.
Township resident Laurie Lapping submitted her resume, which includes experience in tax preparation and bookkeeping. She said she had no tax collection experience, but was willing to take the mandatory tax collection course and exam if selected for the job.
However, Vice President David Shay’s motion to hire Lapping was not welcomed for a second by his colleagues, President Tina Drake and Supervisor James Zahoroiko.
If they don’t appoint a qualified resident, their other option is to form a joint tax district with a neighboring municipality, attorney Tim McManus said.
Drake and Zahoroiko expressed interest in this option during last week’s supervisors meeting when the discussion began.
Laura Hoffman, currently co-collector of taxes for the townships of Eldred and Polk, had worked alongside Steen in recent months and become familiar with the township.
Hoffman was at both meetings and wants the job if Eldred and Ross form a joint tax district. Elderly supervisors are supportive of the idea, she said last week.
The joint tax district of Eldred-Polk will end on December 31. Polk’s newly elected tax collector will take office Jan. 1.
“I have to mail her reminders to residents to pay their school tax bills, but that’s the last job of Sharon’s term that I’m able to do,” Hoffman said.
She is interested in the position for the new term, which begins Jan. 1, but is unwilling to complete Steen’s current term.
“It’s not good business practice for me to end 2021. When something like this happens, it’s usually up to the person’s estate or surety company. It’s too risky for someone to take over,” Hoffman explained.
It would be a better option for the township to do an audit, start closing accounts and start with a clean slate again on Jan. 1, she said.
“We have a real practical problem here. If Laura isn’t comfortable enough to do it, who would be? said McManus. “This end of the year is a big challenge. We are kicking the box on the road.
Since no decision has been made, this matter falls to Ross Township Vacancy Board member, Randy Detrick.