By a 2-0 vote Milford Township supervisors agreed Tuesday to a limited tax district, which will include Richland Township.
Supervisor Robert Mansfield did not attend the meeting.
Betsy Moyer, who is tax collector for Milford and Trumbauersville Borough, will collect Richland Township real estate taxes through the end of her four-year term.
Moyer attended the Milford supervisors’ meeting and said she has three years left on her current term. “I’m willing to take on Richland Township until the next election, at which time they’ll elect their own tax collector,” Moyer said.
Richland’s long-time tax collector, Walter Johnson, resigned his post Jan. 29, after a special meeting held Jan. 21 in Richland Township.
Moyer attended the Jan. 21 Richland Township meeting. “It was at the special meeting, supervisors unanimously voted not to release the tax records for 2019,” Moyer said.
Richland approached Milford and Trumbauersville for the short-term tax district solution, rather than appoint a new interim tax collector, according to Moyer.
It also provides time for Richland Township to seek and offer training to its next tax collector.
“It is a very focused and detailed job. You have to balance to the penny,” Moyer said.
She noted while collections are seasonal and occur twice a year, in March and April and again in July and August, those periods are intense.
“With Richland Township, I’ll be collecting about 10,000 tax bills,” Moyer said. She said she had systems in place and would be able to manage the additional load for the three-year period.
Moyer said of the three Richland had the most tax parcels at 6,000.
Milford Township Solicitor Scott MacNair said the agreement included an “out clause” in which any one of the three municipalities could withdraw from it.
In other news:
Supervisors voted 2-0 to approve amending the Agricultural Security Area to include two properties totaling 96 acres owned by Steaven Klein of Erdman Road.
Supervisors praised Klein’s commitment to agriculture and land preservation at the meeting. Klein did not attend the meeting.
“Not only did he request to be in the Agricultural Security District, but he previously put a conservation easement on the property to ensure no one could build on it in the future,” said Township Manager Jeff Vey.