Updating tax list is fair
After reading the recent article on the Beaver Meadows Borough Council meeting, I needed to clarify something written in the article.
The amended ordinances that are presently being enforced have been on the borough books for many years, even going back to when Brian Katchur and Bob Rossi were on council. As I stated they were not enforced. And this tax list is out of control and needs to get updated to be fair to all citizens living in the borough.
When tax bills are being collected in the spring, I ask, “Is it fair for the 80-, 85-, and 90-year-olds living in the borough who are the first citizens to come forward and pay this $5 tax?” They do not complain; they just feel it is their civic obligation. They have paid this tax since the time it went into ef fect. There are much younger individuals residing in the borough who are not paying.
This is not a “money-mak- in gs cheme ,” as Brian Katchur stated. It is designed to be fair to all living in the borough over the age of 18.
The per capita tax list is being updated to treat each person over the age of 18 equal. When I took over as tax collector, I had people calling me when they received these bills asking if they had to pay. I explained if they received a bill they needed to pay.
One lady told me she lived in an apartment in the borough for several months. The girl upstairs lived in Beaver Meadows for four years and did not get a bill. The reason basically was that the girl upstairs did not have a moving permit. She then did not get put on the per capita list.
Recently, there were an additional 156 tax bills sent to residents added. Some have not been paying for years. It is a vicious circle. All council is trying to do is to get each person on the list. It is not intended to be a “money-making scheme”; if it was, fees would be much higher. Those who think that could do a basket raffle or have a weekly bingo game.
Everyone complains how unfair the school taxes are since property owners pay the bills. Perhaps the critics would like council to just raise the millage and then the property owners will once again be paying the total bill.
That is exactly what has been happening in Beaver Meadows — property owners are paying the bills. The goal is to be fair, have every person over the age of 18 to assist in paying borough bills. We do understand there will probably not be each and every person on this list. We would like to get as close as possible to 100 percent. However, if there is not cooperation from individuals (landlords) this will not happen. Beaver Meadows does not have full-time employees to monitor activity of people moving in and out of the borough.