Township of Aleppo, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted 3-9-1999 by Ord. No. 199]
The Township hereby approves the Statement of Collection Policies, for delinquent unpaid taxes, user charges and other items covered by the Municipal Claims Act ("accounts"),[1] as presented to the Board of Commissioners and which is to be filed with the enacted counterpart of this article.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 7101 et seq.
A. 
The Township hereby approves the following schedule of attorney fees for services in connection with the collection 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,[1] as added by Act No. 1 of 1996 (the "Act"):
Legal Services
Minimum Fee for Services
(Actual fees based on Solicitor's regular hourly charges to Township)
Initial review and sending first demand letter
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
File lien and mailing second demand letter
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
Prepare writ of scire facias
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
Obtain reissued writ
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
Prepare and mail letter under Pa. R.C.P. 237.1
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
Prepare motion for alternate service
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
Prepare motion for summary judgement and related judgement
Hourly amount equal to Solicitor's regular charges to Township
Prepare writ of execution of distribution and resolve
Hourly amount 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.
The following collection procedures are hereby established in accordance with Act No. 1:
A. 
At least 30 days prior to assessing or imposing attorney fees in connection with the collection of account, the Township shall mail or cause to be mailed, by certified mail, return receipt requested, a notice of 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 attorney 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 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 the Township official designated as responsible for collection matters.
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.