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Antrim Township to crack down on late payers

September 10, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — The Antrim Township Supervisors are taking a hard-line approach to collecting more than $110,000 owed in delinquent sewer bills.

Antrim Township Secretary Jennifer Becknell gave supervisors a report on collections during Tuesday’s meeting.

She said collection of the more than $110,000 has been very slow.

“We currently have 45 accounts that have ‘payment agreements’ in place, but we only received payments from 30 accounts for a total of $10,157.68,” Becknell read in the report.

She said she sent a letter reminding customers about their payment plan and is giving them another chance to get back on track or collection actions will resume.

“Of the 24 civil cases that were originally submitted in March, 17 still remain outstanding,” according to a report submitted to supervisors.

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“Two of these 17 have been making payments. We only collected $838.05 from these two accounts,” she said.

According to the report, two of the 24 appealed, but were turned down. They are still in arrears and have made no attempt to pay the township.

Since March, the township has filed 26 municipal liens. Two paid their bills in full, but the remaining 24 have not been making much of an attempt to pay their sewer bill, Becknell said.

“We need to put some teeth behind this and get aggressive,” Supervisor Pat Heraty said.

The average residential quarterly sewer bill is $115.50.

“We’ve reached out, left messages, and it’s time to get more aggressive,” said Supervisors Chairman Fred Young. “This has been going on since the first of the year.”

After the supervisors discussed how to handle the situation, it was decided to move forward with assessing some of the properties for sheriff’s sale on the first report, which were the most delinquent of the customers.

Those customers who were on the second list will have civil complaints filed. Customers on the other list will have liens filed against them.

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