Township of Crescent, PA
Allegheny County
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[Except as otherwise noted, the provisions of this chapter were enacted at time of codification.]

§ 120.01 Designation, citation, headings.

All ordinances of a general and permanent nature of the Township, as revised, codified, numbered and consolidated into component codes, chapters and sections, shall be known and cited as the Codified Ordinances of Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1984. Code, chapter and section headings do not constitute any part of the law as contained in the Codified Ordinances.

§ 120.02 Amendments and supplements; numbering.

The Codified Ordinances of Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1984, may be amended or supplemented at any time and, when any amendment or supplement is adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Board to make the same a part thereof, such amendment or supplement shall be incorporated in, and deemed a part of, the Codified Ordinances, so that a reference to the Codified Ordinances shall be understood and construed as including the Codified Ordinances of Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1984, and any and all such amendments and supplements. All amendments and supplements enacted as a part of the Codified Ordinances shall be integrated therewith by following the form of arrangement and plan set forth in the original Codified Ordinances.

§ 120.03 Definitions and interpretation.

In the construction of these Codified Ordinances, the following rules and definitions shall apply, except where the same are inconsistent with the intention disclosed in a particular provision, section or chapter:
BOARD
The Board of Township Commissioners of Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
CALENDAR-COMPUTATION OF TIME
The terms "month" and "year" shall mean the calendar month or year. The time expressed in days within which an act is to be done or a period is to expire shall be computed by excluding the first and including the last day, unless the last day is a Sunday or holiday, in which case it shall be excluded. If time is expressed in hours, the whole of Sunday or a holiday shall be excluded.
COUNTY
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
PERSON
An individual, association, club, corporation, firm, partnership or body politic.
REASONABLE TIME
In all cases where provision is made for an act to be done or notice to be given within a reasonable time, it shall be deemed to mean such time only as may be necessary for the prompt performance of such act or the giving of such notice.
SECRETARY-MANAGER OR SECRETARY
The Township Secretary-Manager of Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
TOWNSHIP
Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

§ 120.04 Separability of provisions.

Each section and each part of each section of the Codified Ordinances is hereby declared to be an independent section or part of a section, and if any such section or part of a section, or any provision thereof, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held to be invalid, the remaining sections or parts of sections, or provisions thereof, and the application thereof to any other person or circumstance, shall not be affected thereby.

§ 120.05 Ordinances repealed.

All ordinances and parts of ordinances not set forth or incorporated by reference in the Codified Ordinances of Crescent Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1984, are hereby repealed.

§ 120.06 Exemptions from repeal.

The repeal provided for in § 120.05 shall not affect:
A. 
Any offense or act committed or done, or any penalty or forfeiture incurred, or any contract or right established or accruing, before the adoption of these Codified Ordinances;
B. 
Any ordinance or resolution promising or guaranteeing the payment of money by or to the Township, or authorizing the issuance of any bonds of the Township, or any evidence of the Township's indebtedness, or any contract or obligation assumed by the Township.
C. 
The administrative ordinances and resolutions of Council not in conflict or inconsistent with the provisions of the Codified Ordinances;
D. 
Any ordinance or part thereof providing for the establishment of positions, for salaries or compensation; or
E. 
Any prosecution, suit or other proceeding pending, or any judgment rendered, on or prior to the adoption of these Codified Ordinances.

§ 120.07 General code penalty.

Whoever violates or fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Codified Ordinances, for which no penalty is otherwise provided, shall be fined not more than $300 plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of the fine thus imposed, shall be imprisoned not more than 30 days in the Allegheny County Jail. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation or noncompliance occurs or continues. The penalty provided for herein shall be in addition to any equitable remedy provided in these Codified Ordinances or which otherwise may be available to the Township as a matter of law.

§ 120.08 Collection of deliquent accounts fees and costs.

[Ord. No. 462, passed 7-12-2000; Ord. No. 490, passed 12-28-2004; Res. No. 16-08, passed 12-10-2008]
A. 
Fees to be added to the unpaid claim. The Township of Crescent hereby approves the following fee schedule for the collection of unpaid claims, which fees shall be added to the unpaid claim.
1. 
Notice expense. A fee, not to exceed $50, together with all costs and expenses incurred, shall be added to the unpaid claim for mailing a notice of delinquency pursuant to Section 7106 of the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act.
2. 
Collection fees.
Collection Service
Fee
Handling fee for returned check
$25
Handling fee to issue refund check
$15
Bookkeeping fee for payment plan of 3 months or less
$25
Bookkeeping fee for payment plan of more than 3 months
$50
Guaranteed payoff fee
$25
3. 
Legal fees.
Legal Service
Fee
Initial review and sending first demand letter
$160
File lien and prepare satisfaction
$250
Prepare Writ of Scire Facias
$250
Obtain reissued writ
$30
Prepare and mail letter under Pa. R.C.P. 237.1
$30
Prepare motion for alternate service
$175
Prepare default judgment
$175
Prepare writ of execution
$800
Attendance at sale; review schedule of distribution and resolve distribution issues
$400
Continue Sheriff sale
$50
Petition to assess damages
$50
Petition for free and clear sale
$400
Prepare bankruptcy proof of claim
$100
Services not covered above
At an hourly rate between $60 and $225 per hour
B. 
Costs to be added to the unpaid claims. In addition, the reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket charges, costs, expenses, commissions and fees incurred in collection, such as but not limited to, postage, title searches, prothonotary fees and sheriff fees, shall be added to the unpaid claims.
C. 
Interest. Interest will be assessed upon all delinquent unpaid municipal claims at a rate of 10% per annum and added to the unpaid claim.
D. 
Collection procedures. The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with the Act:
1. 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorney fees in connection with the collection of an account, the Township of Crescent or its designee shall mail or cause to be mailed, by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice of such intention to the taxpayer or other entity liable for the account (the property owner).
2. 
If the certified mail notice is undelivered, then, at least 10 days prior to the assessing or imposing such attorney fees, the Township of Crescent or its designee shall mail or cause to be mailed, by first class mail, a second notice to the property owner.
3. 
All notices required by this section shall be mailed to the property owner's last known post office address as recorded in the records or other information of the Township of Crescent, or such other address as it may be able to obtain from the County Office of Assessment and Revision of Taxes.
4. 
Each notice as described above shall include the following:
(a) 
The type of tax or other charge, the date it became due and the amount owed, including penalty and interest;
(b) 
A statement of the Township of Crescent's intent to impose or assess attorney fees within 30 days after the mailing of the first notice, or within 10 days after the mailing of the second notice;
(c) 
The manner in which the assessment or imposition of attorney fees may be avoided by payment of the account; and
(d) 
The place of payment for accounts and the name and telephone number of the Township of Crescent's representative designated as responsible for collection matters.
E. 
Related action. The proper officials of Township of Crescent are hereby authorized and empowered to take such additional action as they may deem necessary or appropriate to implement this section.
F. 
Appointment of Solicitor. Township of Crescent appoints Michelle R. Portnoff, Esquire, as Solicitor for the limited purpose of collecting delinquent municipal claims and hereby authorizes her, and attorneys under her supervision, to sign any and all documents, including tax and municipal claims, on behalf of the Township.