Pennsylvania Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry/Cumberland) recently detailed that locally elected tax collectors will now be held to greater accountability with a qualifying exam, continuing education requirements and background checks with new legislation enacted in Harrisburg.
Changes in the state’s tax collection regulations became effective as Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 48 of 2015 into law, amending Act 164 of 2014 to refine training requirements for tax collectors in Pennsylvania.
Act 48 states that effective immediately, incumbent tax collectors will no longer be obliged to take six training credits, instead mandating the following conditions effective as of Jan. 1, 2017:
Each newly elected collector will be required to take two credits of basic training before his or her four-year term expires, with credits earned during 2015 transferred to their accounts on the above date. A successfully completed examination will yield certification from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the title of “qualified tax collector.”
A surety check, jurisdiction-specific municipal approval, and qualification renewal prior to the collector’s final year of office will also be required of each elected tax collector for continued eligibility to remain in office. The law also provides in detail for further clarification of background and criminal history checks.
DCED will contact all property tax collectors to explain the new law and provide more details about Act 48.
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