Polk Township tax collector given Feb. 1 deadline – Times News Online

Published on January 26, 2022 at 1:45 p.m.

Robert Butler has many political aspirations, but his victory in the November 2021 election as Polk Township Tax Collector poses his first challenge.

“I had a good feeling when I raced. My college background is in computer science and I worked in insurance,” Butler said Monday after Polk Township’s monthly supervisors’ meeting.

Before he could start collecting taxes from township residents, he had to take a tax collection course and pass an exam. This, he says, was easy.

It was the third part, which is to bond, which was difficult.

“The bond is credit-based,” Butler said. “I have had medical emergencies and personal issues that have damaged my credit. I viewed this elected position as a positive step forward.

Butler cannot enter his office in the township building until he receives a bond.

“We’re running out of time. Tax bills need to be printed,” said township attorney James Fareri.

Supervisor Carl Heckman asked Butler if he thought February 1 was a reasonable deadline.

Butler agreed to that date and tendered his resignation if he could not be bonded in time.

Supervisors spoke with their former tax collector, Laura Hoffman, to see if she would be interested in the job if nominated.

It is currently in a common tax collection district with Eldred Township and Ross Township. Nothing prevents him from collecting the taxes of a third municipality.

“She’s ready to be our tax collector,” Chairman Brian Ahner said.

Butler has been a township resident since 2007. He has two school-aged daughters and works part-time for UPS.

He is also currently Chairman of the Polk Township Park and Recreation Committee, Treasurer of the Monroe County Garden Association and President of the West End Republican Club.

He ran for Pleasant Valley School Board in 2017 and for Polk Township Supervisor in 2016; he lost both elections.

Esther L. Steinbach