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Tengler to face Oldham for tax collector office

February 08, 2001|By RICHARD F. BELISLE, Waynesboro

Tengler to face Oldham for tax collector office



WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Councilman Douglas J. Tengler said he will challenge incumbent Borough Tax Collector Delmos E. Oldham Sr. in the May 15 Republican primary.

OIdham, 55, is seeking re-election to his second four-year term. He has held the job since 1996, when he defeated William Elden at the polls.

Tengler, 31, was elected to the Waynesboro Borough Council in November 1999. He represents the borough's second ward and serves on the Council's Finance Committee.

Tengler grew up in the Philadelphia area and moved to Waynesboro in 1976. He is a 1987 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School and earned his accounting degree at Shippensburg University. He was certified as a CPA in 1994.

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He works for the local accounting firm of Musselman & Creager LLP.

"I believe I can do a really good job as a CPA running the tax office," Tengler said. "I will keep the office open five days a week all year long. I consider it to be a full-time position."

He said he would leave the accounting firm if elected. He would also have to step down from the council if he wins, he said.

The Borough Tax Collector earns 1 percent of the total taxes collected on the borough's 3,500 real estate properties. Total taxes average out to about $780,000 a year, including $650,000 in local real estate taxes, plus another $130,000 in streetlight taxes.

In addition, there is the $580,000 collected as the borough's share of Franklin County real estate taxes, plus another $30,000 in local library taxes that also goes to the county.

The position also earns another $24,000 in commissions on the $5 million collected in earned income taxes paid by residents of the Waynesboro Area School District, which takes in the boroughs of Waynesboro and Mont Alto, Pa., and Washington and Quincy townships.

Half of the money goes to the school district and half to the communities where the taxpayers live. The taxes, 1 percent of an employee's gross income, are deducted as payroll taxes and turned over to the tax collector's office in quarterly payments by employers.

The Borough Tax Collector is appointed to the earned income tax post by the Waynesboro Tax Bureau Board. Tengler is a member of the board.

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