[Adopted 4-6-2015 by Ord. No. 1-2015]
In addition to the authorization for the collection of taxes and institution of tax sales authorized by the Real Estate Tax Sales Law ("RETSL"), 72 P.S. § 5860.201 et seq., the Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau is appointed as alternative collector and is authorized and directed to file liens for existing delinquent real estate taxes with the Prothonotary of Luzerne County in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, 53 P.S. § 7101 et seq.
In accordance with the MCTLA and RETSL, interest shall be charged on taxes so returned from and after but not before the first day of the month following the return. Interest shall be charged at the rate of 9% per annum.
Pursuant to Section 7106 of the MCTLA, it is hereby established that the reasonable charges, expenses and fees incurred in the collection of any delinquent account under the MCTLA are hereby fixed at 5% of the total amount of the delinquent taxes (including interest and penalties) and that said expenses and fees set forth herein shall be paid to the Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau in lieu of payment of commission pursuant to Section 207 of the RETSL.
The proper officials of Bear Creek Township are hereby authorized and empowered to take such additional action as they may deem necessary or appropriate to implement this article.