Limerick Board Considers Tax Claim Bureau Appointment

Limerick Board Considers Tax Claim Bureau AppointmentLIMERICK PA – Potential appointment of the Montgomery County Tax Claim Bureau as an agency to collect delinquent real estate taxes owed to Limerick Township by its property owners is on the Tuesday (Dec. 18, 2012) meeting agenda of the Board of Supervisors, according to a legal advertisement published last week.

The board intends to hold a public hearing on the matter at 7 p.m., and said it likely will act on the ordinance immediately after the hearing closes. The meeting and hearing are open to members of the public, who also will be allowed to comment.

The content of the advertisement follows:

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE IS GIVEN that on December 18, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. at the Limerick Township Municipal Building located at 646 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, Pennsylvania, the Board of Supervisors of Limerick Township shall hold a Public Hearing and immediately thereafter will hold a Public Meeting to consider adoption of the following Ordinance summarized below: AN ORDINANCE OF LIMERICK TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, APPROVING PENALTY, INTEREST, AND FEE SCHEDULE FOR COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT REAL ESTATE TAXES

The following is a brief summary of the proposed Ordinance:

Section One of the Ordinance appoints the Montgomery Tax Claim Bureau as an alternative collector and is authorized and directed to file liens for existing delinquent real estate taxes with the Prothonotary of Montgomery County in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, 53 P.S. 7101, et seq. Pursuant to the Real Estate Tax Sales Law and the Municipal Claims and Tax Lien Act, Limerick Township proposes to establish a schedule of penalty, interest and fees for the collection of delinquent real estate taxes. The Ordinance proposes to establish a fee of five (5) percent of the total amount of delinquent taxes as being reasonable charges, expenses and fees incurred in the collection of delinquent taxes. Additional attorney’s fees would be fixed at the rate of one (1) percent of the total amount of the delinquent taxes. Interest at nine (9) percent per annum would be established.

Section Two of this Ordinance entitled “Revisions” reserves the right to adopt modifications and supplements and amendment of the Ordinance.

Section Three of this Ordinance entitled “Repealer” states that all ordinances or parts thereof inconsistent with this Ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of the inconsistency.

Section Four of this Ordinance entitled “Severability” states that in the event that any section, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this Ordinance shall be declared illegal, invalid or unconstitutional by any Court of competent jurisdiction, such declaration shall not prevent, preclude or otherwise foreclose enforcement of any of the remaining portions of this Ordinance.

Section Five of this Ordinance entitled “Effective Date” states that this Ordinance shall be effective five (5) days after its adoption by the Limerick Township Board of Supervisors.

Section Six of this Ordinance entitled “Failure to Enforce Not a Waiver” states that the failure of Limerick Township to enforce any provision of this Ordinance shall not constitute a waiver by Limerick Township of its rights of future enforcement hereunder.

Section Seven of this ordinance is entitled “Enactment”.

The Board of Supervisors of Limerick Township will consider adoption of the Official Map on December 4, 2012.

A complete copy of the proposed Ordinance and Map summarized above is on file and available for examination by the public at the Mercury, Hanover & King Streets, Pottstown, PA 19464, at the Montgomery County Law Library, Montgomery County Court House, Lower Level, P.O. Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311 and at the Limerick Township Municipal Building, located at 646 West Ridge Pike, Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., where it may be examined without charge or obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this public meeting/public hearing, and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate, please contact the Township Manager at (610) 495-6432 at least five (5) days prior to the public hearing/public meeting to discuss how the Township may best accommodate your needs.

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