Boro to step up efforts to collect delinquent taxes
July 26, 2005
Mount Oliver Borough officials are preparing to collect almost $170,000 in delinquent real estate taxes due the borough from property owners.
As of July 15, the borough had collected $705,454, approximately 78 percent of what is owed. There was still $169,590 in delinquent taxes owed by 269 property owners.
Borough council president Marty Palma said the property owners have until July 31 to pay their taxes before the borough's solicitor will begin collection proceedings.
“The borough can't operate without funds,” Palma said. “Everyone seems to be satisfied with the police [and the] administration.”
He noted that with a $1.8 million budget, “we're playing on a shoestring.”
Councilman Don Cornelius added that a $400 delinquent tax bill could end up costing the property owner more than $800 with the addition of court costs, penalty and interest.
Palma said the borough is willing to accept partial payments under a schedule, under certain circumstances. “Not $5 a month, but we do accept payments.”