Borough of Norristown, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Norristown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-20-2007 by Ord. No. 07-17]
The Council of the Municipality of Norristown hereby establishes a Master Schedule of Fees which shall identify and delineate the charges imposed by the Municipality of Norristown for the issuance of any license or permit, the provision of any service by the Municipality, or the conduct of any inspection by any department of the Municipality of Norristown, which same permit fees, license fees, service fees or inspection fees have been previously established by ordinances or resolutions of the Municipal Council.
The Municipality hereby establishes the Master Fee Schedule and may, from time to time, by resolution, establish all fees and amend such as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Municipal Council.
Any and all ordinances, parts of ordinances, resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict with the terms, conditions and provisions of this Master Fee Schedule Chapter are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict. It is the intent of Municipal Council that any and all other provisions of any municipal ordinance or resolution establishing a fee for any service delineated under Exhibit A to this chapter[1] is hereby expressly repealed and declared to be of no further force or effect.
[1]
Editor's Note: Exhibit A and the most recent fees resolutions are on file in the municipal offices.
[Adopted 3-3-2009 by Ord. No. 09-03]
A fee in the amount of $40, together with all costs incurred in mailing a notice of delinquency pursuant to 53 P.S. § 7106 shall be added to the unpaid claim.
Interest will be assessed at a rate of 10% per annum and added to the unpaid claim. For unpaid municipal claims, interest will accrue from the date of delinquency. For unpaid taxes, interest will accrue from the date that the lien is filed with the Prothonotary of Montgomery County.
A. 
The Municipality hereby approves the following fee schedule to compensate its attorneys for the collection of unpaid claims, which fees shall be added to the unpaid claim.
Legal Services
Fee For Services
Initial review and send first demand letter
$100
File lien
$250
Prepare writ of scire facias
$250
Reissue 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
Handling fee for returned check
$25
Handling fee to issue refund check
$15
Bookkeeping fee for payment plan up to three months
$25
Bookkeeping fee for payment plan longer than three months
$50
Services not covered above
At an hourly rate between $60 and $225 per hour
B. 
The amount of fees determined as set forth above are fair and reasonable for the services to be provided and shall be added to the Municipality's claim in each account.
C. 
There shall be added to the above amounts the reasonable out-of-pocket charges, costs, expenses, commissions and fees, such as, but not limited to, postage, title searches, prothonotary fees and sheriff fees.
D. 
The amount of charges, expenses, commissions and fees determined as set forth above shall be added to the Municipality's claim in each account.
The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with the Act:
A. 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorneys' fees in connection with the collection of an account, the Municipality 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).
B. 
If the certified mail notice is undelivered, then, at least 10 days prior to assessing or imposing such attorneys' fees, the Municipality or its designee shall mail or cause to be mailed, by first class mail, a second notice to the property owner.
C. 
All notices required by this article shall be mailed to the property owner's last known post office address as recorded in the records or other information of the Municipality or such other address as it may be able to obtain from the County Office of Assessment and Revision of Taxes.
D. 
Each notice as described above shall include the following:
(1) 
The type of tax or other charge, the date it became due and the amount owed, including penalty and interest;
(2) 
A statement of the Municipality's intent to impose or assess attorneys' fees within 30 days after the mailing of the first notice or within 10 days after the mailing of the second notice;
(3) 
The manner in which the assessment or imposition of attorneys' fees may be avoided by payment of the account; and
(4) 
The place of payment for accounts and the name and telephone number of the Municipality's representative designated as responsible for collection matters.
The Municipality may appoint one or more law firms, collection services and/or collection agencies to collect delinquent municipal claims and hereby authorizes any appointed collector to sign any and all documents, including tax and municipal claims, on behalf of the Municipality. Any attorney acting in the capacity of delinquent municipal claims collector shall, for the limited purpose of signing municipal claims and liens as required by the Pennsylvania Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, 53 P.S. §§ 7144 and 7183, as amended, be designated as the "solicitor" for such purpose. The Municipality shall enter into a separate agreement with all delinquent municipal claims collectors setting forth the terms of collection between the Municipality and the collector.
The proper officials of the Municipality are hereby authorized and empowered to take such additional action as they may deem necessary or appropriate to implement this article.