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Update on Property Tax Collector Training

2015-11-05 17:56:08

Act 48-2015 has changed the Act 164-2014 training requirements. 
 
 
Effective immediately, incumbent tax collectors will not have to take six (6) credits of training. Instead, beginning on January 1, 2017, incumbent tax collectors will have to take two (2) credits of training before the end of their four-year term of office. Any training credits earned during 2015 will be credited to your account beginning January 1, 2017. Read more detail about Act 48 at newPA.com.
 
 
Here is a summary of how Act 48 affects incumbent tax collectors:
  • Eliminates the mandatory continuing education requirement for tax collectors effective December 31, 2016. In the interim, the basic training and continuing education programs for tax collectors are voluntary.
  • Requires a basic training program and examination for newly elected tax collectors beginning January 1, 2017. Upon successful completion of the basic training program and exam, a newly elected tax collector will be issued a "qualified tax collector" certification by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and will be eligible to take office.
  • Establishes that individuals holding the office of tax collector after the effective date of January 1, 2017, shall be known as "qualified tax collectors."
  • Clarifies that an individual who is elected as a tax collector for the term of office beginning January 1, 2016, is required to submit a criminal history report to the municipality for which the tax collector was elected before taking the oath of office.
  • Establishes that an individual running for a second or subsequent term of tax collector is not required to file a criminal history record check with his nominating petitions or papers.
  • With exceptions for county treasurers and neighboring tax collectors, within thirty days of being appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of tax collector, the appointee shall provide a criminal history check to each taxing district serviced by that tax collector. If the appointee has not been a resident of the commonwealth for the two years immediately preceding the appointment, then the individual shall provide a federal criminal history check to each taxing district served by that tax collector.
  • Requires a tax collector's surety bond to cover all taxes collected by a deputy tax collector.
  • Specifies that a deputy tax collector shall collect taxes through the duration of an incapacitation of the tax collector, unless the taxing district determines that collection by the county treasurer or a neighboring tax collector is necessary.
  • Requires an appointed deputy tax collector be approved by the municipality for which a tax collector was elected.
  • Requires renewal of qualification be completed prior to the tax collector's final year in office. If the tax collector fails to complete the continuing education requirements, the tax collector shall be deemed ineligible to be placed on the ballot at the end of the tax collector's current term of office.