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City tax collection clarified

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Connellsville City officials are hoping to clear up any confusion among residents and business owners concerning their recent action dealing with tax collection.

A resolution was passed earlier this month that confirmed the appointment of Southwest Regional Tax Bureau, or SWRTB, as the exclusive collector of earned income taxes for the current tax year, beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Also as part of the resolution, council authorized and entered into an agreement with SWRTB for a term to end Dec. 31, 2012, appointing the agency as the city's exclusive collector of current and delinquent business privileges taxes, current and delinquent local services taxes (occupational privilege taxes), and current and delinquent mercantile taxes for 2012 and all prior tax years.

Toni Tesauro, city clerk, said she has been getting calls from several individuals who are concerned because they are just now getting their first-quarter payment of local services tax returned to them.

“Even here at the city we are just now getting our first month check back that we cut in April,” she said, adding that although Central Tax Bureau, or Centax, the city's former collection agency, has closed, a company was brought in to begin sorting checks.

SWRTB is located at One Centennial Way, Scottdale, Pa. 15683.

Berkheimer was approved as the city's exclusive collector of delinquent per capita taxes of all prior tax years. Its address is P.O. Box 25152, Lehigh Valley, Pa. 18002.

City Councilman Brad Geyer, director of finance, said there is a lot being said about the change in collectors.

“I hope that this little extra reminder can help people get the funds to the correct collection agency,” he said.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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