JACKSON TWP. — Raising a red flag Monday night, Tax Collector Jacqueline Latosek told supervisors the township had been overcharged by about $400 for the cost of generating tax bills, saying the township and other municipalities were unknowingly paying the county’s portion of the bill.
“It costs about 70 cents to generate a tax bill,” Latosek said. “The county is supposed to pay 35 cents towards each bill. Where is that?”
The total amount billed to the township this year was about $920 for the development of each tax bill, she said. If the credit of 35 cents per bill were factored in, the actual balance owed by the township would be about $450.
“I went back two years and found we were billed for the county’s portion,” Latosek said.
Latosek, with papers in hand, said she checked with five other municipalities, including West Wyoming Borough and Lehman Township to find out they were billed inappropriately as well.
She noted these municipalities went back through their records four to five years.
Supervisor Al Fox said the supervisors will review their records to determine how long the township had been paying the county’s portion and then seek reimbursement.
Also, Karen Ellsworth, resident, asked supervisors to review the police report during public meetings since the township’s website is down and residents can not easily access this information.
She also asked the supervisors make the financial reports available online or during meetings.
“We have to go out of our way to see them,” Ellsworth said. “Other townships are putting this information online.”
Giving an update on the redesign and development of the new municipal website, Fox said the domain and name have been secured. The process now is to get the information from the old web master to correlate with the new site, he said.
Fox also explained the township does not release every bill it pays to the public, but for the larger expenditures, bids are advertised and they are opened during a public meeting.
“You can come here and see our financial records,” Fox said.
In other business:
-A motion was approved to extend Acting Police Chief John Saranchuk term until Dec. 31.
-A motion was approved to loan the township’s light tower to Plymouth borough for its Goodwill Hose Company bazaar July 31 to Aug. 2.
-Supervisors authorized township attorney Jeffery Malak to review the possibility for a fireworks ordinance.
-Supervisors announced the proposed Verizon cell tower site, 150 Heritage Drive, has been removed by Verizon.
The next supervisors meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 in the municipal building.