Township of White, PA
Indiana County
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[Adopted 10-10-2003 by Ord. No. 989]

§ 282-33 Approval of statement of collection policies.

The Township hereby approves the statement of collection policies, for delinquent unpaid taxes, user charges and other items covered by the Municipal Claims Act.

§ 282-34 Approval of schedule of fees.

A. 
The Township hereby approves the following schedule of attorneys' fees for services in connection with the collection of accounts, which is hereby determined to be fair and reasonable compensation for the services set forth below, all in accordance with the principles set forth in Section 3(a.1) of the Municipal Claims Law, as added by Act No. 1 of 1996 (the "Act"):[1]
Legal Services
Fee for Service
Initial review and sending first demand letter
$50
File lien and mailing second demand letter
$50
Prepare writ of scire facias
$75
Obtain reissued writ
$50
Prepare and mail letter under Pa.R.C.P. § 237.1
$50
Prepare motion for alternate service
$50
Prepare motion for summary judgment and related judgment
$75
Prepare writ of execution
$75
Attendance at sale; review schedule of distribution and resolve distribution issues
$100
Services not covered above
$175 per hour, hourly rate equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 7106(a.1).
B. 
There shall be added to the above amounts the reasonable out-of-pocket expenses of counsel in connection with each of these services, as itemized in the applicable counsel bills which shall be deemed to be part of the fees.
C. 
The amount of fees determined as set forth above shall be added to the Township's claim in each account.

§ 282-35 Collection procedures.

The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with Act No. 1:
A. 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorneys' fees in connection with the collection of an account, the Township 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 "account debtor").
B. 
If within 30 days after mailing the notice in accordance with Subsection A, the certified mail to any account debtor is refused or unclaimed or the return receipt is not received, then at least 10 days prior to the assessing or imposing such attorneys' fees, the Township shall mail or cause to be mailed, by first-class mail, a second notice to such account debtor.
C. 
All notices required by this article shall be mailed to the account debtor's last known post office address as recorded in the records or other information of the Township, 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 Township'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 Township official designated as responsible for collection matters.

§ 282-36 Related action.

The proper officials of the Township are hereby authorized and empowered to take such additional action as they may deem necessary or appropriate to implement this article.