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Tax collector stays on in Murrysville

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 2:49 a.m.

For the time being, the former tax collector of Murrysville is the current tax collector.

Council approved a resolution Wednesday night that calls for Carolyn Krudwig to handle the duties of the office on a temporary, part-time basis. The motion passed 6-0. Councilman Theo van de Venne did not attend Wednesday's meeting.

Krudwig has been handling tax collection responsibilities since her four-year term as elected tax collector expired Dec. 31.

Krudwig announced last February that she was not running for re-election. She has recommended the elected position be abolished.

In November, residents approved a referendum to dissolve the elected tax collector position. Tax collector had been an elected position in Murrysville since the municipality's Home Rule Charter was adopted in 1976.

Council sought the change via referendum based on concerns over continuity and the fear that an office that handles roughly $30 million a year could be left in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the position. The referendum passed, 1,628 to 1,243.

The municipality since has been exploring its options on how to handle tax collection.

Chief Administrator Don Pepe said five independent contractor proposals are being evaluated. "We're looking to see which one offers us the best alternative," Pepe said.

Whoever is brought in to handle tax collection will, like Krudwig, work under the direction of Finance Director Diane Heming.

Krudwig will be paid $20 an hour. She is expected to work between 20 and 40 hours a week. °

The resolution calls for Krudwig's term of employment to expire April 1, unless an extension is deemed necessary. Murrysville also has the right to terminate the working agreement prior to April 1. The date of completion will be determined by Pepe,

Krudwig's predecessor was Anna Lasher, who has been offering a helping hand with tax collections.

Lasher was the third member of the Wohlin family to serve Murrysville as tax collector.

Fred Wohlin retired from the post in 1974 and his daughter, Calla Sabol, then took over. After Sabol left, her sister, Lasher, stepped in.

So far this year, tax collections in Murrysville have not missed a beat.

"Everything's running smoothly," Pepe said. "There have been no distractions in that office."

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