Penn Forest approves pay change for tax collector – Times News Online


Posted on February 06, 2021 at 6:51 AM

Supervisors in the Township of Penn Forest have approved a change in the way they calculate the salary of the township tax collector.

The board voted 5-0 this week to pay the collector $ 1.50 per tax bill, instead of per salary.

“It’s quantified instead of just being a random salary number that doesn’t match the amount of work done,” said Josiah Behrens III, Penn Forest Township tax collector.

The tax collector, an elected office, is responsible for collecting taxes from the owners of some 13,000 township properties on behalf of the township, school district and county.

Behrens said the township is the only one of the three to pay a flat rate. His school district pay is $ 1.75 per tax bill with a base salary of $ 4,000.

He said if the township decided to increase its property tax by zero thousandths, there would be a lot more work for the same compensation.

Supervisors said they had no plans to raise property taxes, but supported tying her salary to the number of bills.

“We’ve had a ton of people moving here, and there’s going to be a ton of invoices sent out, even on a per capita basis,” supervisor Christian Bartulovich said.

The change in compensation would take effect after the next election for the post, in accordance with state law. It will take place next year.

Supervisors also agreed to allow the tax collector to use the space inside the township municipal building.

In other cases

Supervisors:

• Forwarded short-term rental order to Carbon County and Penn Forest Township Planning Boards for review.

• Approval of an additional $ 3,660 for the purchase of an F600 truck from Ray Price instead of an F550, which had already been approved.

• Voted for WB Electric to replace the light fixtures at the back of the municipal building at a cost of $ 1,320.

• Heard a presentation from Brandon Bell, a military veteran seeking support from the townships to declare Carbon County a Second Amendment sanctuary.


Esther L. Steinbach

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