Replacement municipal tax bills sent to Murrysville residents
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Erroneous municipal tax bills that had been sent out across Murrysville earlier this month have been followed up with corrected bills.
Officials said corrected tax bills were sent out by Hempfield-based Keystone Collections Group the first week of March after the tax collection firm mistakenly charged some residents a one-tenth mill hydrant tax and did not charge others. Replacement bills were mailed to everyone in the municipality, Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said.
“There was no rhyme or reason,” Morrison said. “We don't know who received the wrong one, so we're sending them out to everyone.”
Murrysville property owners who live within 600 feet of a fire hydrant are assessed the tax, which generates about $28,000 annually. Municipal finance director Diane Heming said the tax amounts to less than $5 for most property owners.
Heming said she was pleased with how Keystone was handling the situation. Tax officials will refund the tax to anyone who mistakenly pays it and will contact Heming if anyone doesn't pay it, she said.
“They're trying to attack it both ways,” Heming said.
Property owners should pay the invoice marked “corrected bill” in the top corner, Heming said.
The new bills were sent out within 24 hours after Keystone discovered the discrepancy, said Joseph Lazzaro, attorney for Keystone Collections Group.
“Importantly, every Murrysville real estate bill is accurate and correct,” Lazzaro said. “The average hydrant tax amount is less than $3.75, so the correction to any affected accounts is truly minimal.”
The tax amounts to less than 1 percent of the tax invoice, Lazzaro said.
Lazzaro did not say how many bills contained errors.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- No contamination reported after small spill at Beaver Run Reservoir
- Freeze-thaw cycle wreaks havoc on Murrysville-area roads, cars