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Upper Tyrone still without tax collector

| Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007

Upper Tyrone supervisors found themselves at odds this week when the responsibility of appointing a tax collector fell on their shoulders. Tax collector Robert Lewandowski submitted a letter of resignation, effective at the end of the year.

Supervisor Charles Cook said they received three applications for the position: Barb Zaffina, Laurie Hanchar and Nancy Killinger, Supervisor Sam Killinger's wife.

Supervisor Bill Edwards made a motion and voted yes to appoint Nancy Killinger; Sam Killinger had to abstain; Cook voted no.

Sam Killinger then made a motion to appoint Zaffina, but that motion did not pass after he and Cook both abstained and Edwards did not vote.

Finally, Cook made a motion to appoint Hanchar. He and Edwards voted yes, while Sam Killinger again abstained.

After Hanchar was appointed tax collector, the solicitor was informed Hanchar's husband, Pete, is an auditor for the township.

The secretary had been trying to get in contact with the ethics board about the situation if Hanchar was appointed, but was unable. The supervisors wanted to know if it's a violation of the ethics law for a tax collector to be related to an auditor.

The supervisors then made a motion to change the previous motion appointing Hanchar tax collector, contingent upon approval of the ethics committee.

In other business:

= Supervisors had passed a motion to rescind a former motion naming Michael Todd Sackett as the first alternate sewage enforcement officer for the township. Edwards said they had been informed by the Department of Environmental Protection that Sackett's license had expired. Supervisors then named Robert Killinger, a second cousin to the supervisor, the first alternate sewage enforcement officer.

On Tuesday, they passed a motion to name Robert Killinger the primary sewage enforcement officer for the township, because the former officer passed away a few weeks ago.

= Supervisors passed a final 2008 budget with expenditures at $465,500 and revenues at $1,170,404.

The revenues are so much more than expenditures because of a carryover from this year of $921,787.

The millage rate will remain at .642 with no tax increase for township residents.

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