Salary increasing for Plum Borough tax collector

| Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

The compensation package for the Plum Borough tax collector's position is set to reach six figures next year.

Council on Monday night voted to maintain the tax collector's salary at $34,760 annually effective in January.

The Plum School District also has budgeted $70,000 for the job, business Manager Eugene Marraccini said. The amount covers a $35,000 salary, plus compensation for preparing and mailing tax statements.

Both bodies were required to set the compensation package Feb. 15 so that candidates seeking the elected position in the May 21 primary have salary information. The general election is Nov. 5.

Tax Collector Harry Schlegel's term expires at the end of the year. The new four-year term will run from 2014 to 2017.

Schlegel has been tax collector for a little more than a decade.

Those wishing to seek the office are required to file their nomination petitions by March 12.

The school board at its meeting last month agreed to increase the salary from $25,000 to $35,000. Schlegel had requested a $20,000 increase that would have set the salary at $45,000.

“There hadn't been an increase in eight years,” Marraccini said. “The number of accounts he services has gone up.”

Councilman Michael Dell, finance committee chairman, said in addition to the tax collector's salary, the borough pays $350 a month to the Plum Borough Municipal Authority for renting space for the tax collector's office in the authority's building across the parking lot from the borough building.

Dell said Manager Michael Thomas is looking at the possibility of moving the tax collector's office into the borough building and “saving the taxpayers $400 a month.”

“We provide the space,” Dell said. “It is our discretion.”

The borough and school district also are going to split an estimated $10,000 cost to purchase a new Windows-based software program and computer to store tax information, Dell said.

Dell said the current DOS-based program is outdated, and borough staff have difficulty deciphering tax information on the system.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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