District set to pub­lish names of tax delin­quents

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Local Xtra - By Anne Cloo­nan

East Al­legheny School District will be­gin pub­lish­ing the names of home­own­ers and busi­ness own­ers who owe delin­quent prop­erty taxes to the district.

The school district has been work­ing with Key­stone Col­lec­tions Group over the past two years to col­lect back taxes, and Key­stone re­cov­ered al­most $10 mil­lion in delin­quent taxes be­fore the de­ci­sion was made to pub­lish the names, the district said.

“While we have made great strides” in col­lect­ing the over­due taxes, su­per­in­ten­dent Don MacFann wrote in a news re­lease, $17.58 mil­lion in res­i­den­tial real es­tate taxes and $11.53 mil­lion in com­mer­cial real es­tate taxes re­main delin­quent.

“In or­der to con­tinue to pro­vide qual­ity pro­gram­ming to the stu­dents of the East Al­legheny School District, the school board will be pub­lish­ing the names of all those in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses that re­main delin­quent in pay­ing their real es­tate taxes,” Mr. MacFann wrote.

“Please know that this is not an easy de­ci­sion to make, but with the cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion of the school district, the school board feels this course of ac­tion is needed to en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion of ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming to all stu­dents.” On be­half of the district, Key­stone has is­sued more than 15,000 delin­quent no­tices, many sent by cer­ti­fied mail, and has filed more than 1,000 civil com­plaints to re­cover delin­quent real es­tate tax rev­enue in both Mag­is­te­rial District Court and Com­mon Pleas Court.

Key­stone also has ini­ti­ated rent gar­nish­ments from land­lords, in ac­cor­dance with state law.

The school district, which in­cludes East McKeesport, North Ver­sailles, Wall and Wilmerd­ing, will pub­lish delin­quent tax­pay­ers’ names as soon as an up­dated list is ob­tained and of­fi­cials can ar­range for pub­li­ca­tion.

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