Township of West Whiteland, PA
Chester County
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[Amended 6-26-2013 by Ord. No. 405; 6-27-2018 by Ord. No. 442]
All fees, rents, charges, penalties, fines or any other money owed to the Township under this Code or Township resolution, excluding any tax, and not paid on or before the due date set in the resolution approved by the Board of Supervisors shall be deemed to be delinquent and subject to a penalty of 10%. It shall be the duty of the Township, or any agency duly appointed by the Board of Supervisors or any third party with whom the Board of Supervisors enters into a contract for that purpose, to proceed to collect such delinquent fees, charges, penalties, fines and any other money owed, together with costs accrued thereon, including attorney's fees, by action at law and/or by filing a lien or liens for the same in the office of the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania, and such liens, together with costs, and interest accrued thereon, including attorney's fees, shall be filed and collected in accordance with the law. Interest in the amount of 10% per annum shall begin to accrue on the date of the filing of a lien.
[Amended 3-27-2013 by Ord. No. 404[1]]
The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with the Act:
A. 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorney fees in connection with the collection of an account, West Whiteland Township 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 the assessing or imposing such attorney fees, West Whiteland Township 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 chapter shall be mailed to the property owner's last known post office address as recorded in the records or other information of West Whiteland 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 West Whiteland Township'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;
(3) 
The manner in which the assessment or imposition of attorney fees may be avoided by payment of the account; and
(4) 
The place of payment for accounts and the name and telephone number of West Whiteland Township's representative designated as responsible for collection matters.
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Editor's Note: Section 3 of this ordinance stated "The proper officials of West Whiteland Township are hereby authorized and empowered to take such additional action as they may deem necessary or appropriate to implement this ordinance."