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2 wins equals no tax collector for East Vandergrift

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009

The borough is searching for someone to serve as tax collector after the person who won election in November resigned.

Borough Councilwoman Susan Stanczak, 54, won a four-year term in November, when she was the only candidate, receiving 116 votes.

The former longtime tax collector, Allen Urban, did not seek re-election.

But Stanczak, a Democrat who was appointed to council three years ago, also won election to council, coming in fourth in the race for four seats.

Stanczak said that, before the election, she and other officials believed she could hold both offices. They found out later that she can't.

"I do feel bad about it," she said. "I would like to have done both if I could. I was under the impression I could. We found out after the election I'm not able to do that."

Stanczak said she chose to remain on council rather than claim the tax collector's office because of the work she has already done on council.

The borough is accepting applications to fill the vacant tax collector's position until Jan. 4, when a person will be appointed at the council's reorganization meeting.

The person appointed would serve until the next municipal election in 2011, county elections Director Jim Montini said.

The Kiski Area School District would likely use the same tax collector as the borough, Superintendent John Meighan said.

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