Please note the change of time!

The Bucks County Tax Collection Committee (TCC) will hold its Business Meetings at 4:00 p.m. at Warwick Township Building, 1733 Township Greene, Jamison, PA 18929-1621 on the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Reorganization

Thanks to those that came out to the meeting on Thursday night.  It’s going to be important that we maintain a quorum this year, as the state requires quarterly meetings.

Here’s the 2011 TCC Budget:

https://act32bucks.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/tcc-bucks-2011-proposed-budget.pdf

Here’s a press release regarding the tax collection:

https://act32bucks.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/press-release-1-27-11.doc

TCC Members,

Here is the Final Executed Agreement with Keystone.

And the LST Agreement with Keystone.

And for your convenience, please see these sample documents:

Sample Resolution adopting Act 192 Fee Schedule

Sample Data Request Letter

Sample Appointment of Keystone

Courtesy of the Management Committee.

Mike

Not that the Act 32 process is complete, but this was a big step for the committee.  I would like to thank the entire management committee, who did a lot of work to come up with the recommendation, and were fully able to justify this recommendation to the TCC membership.

Minutes from the July 29th Meeting:

https://act32bucks.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/tcc-minutes072910.pdf

Tax Collector Appointment Resolution:

https://act32bucks.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/taxcollectorappointmentresolution.pdf

RFP deadline extended.

May 20, 2010

In the interest of getting the best quantity of quality proposals, the Bucks County TCC has extended the deadline for RFP responses until Tuesday May 25th at 12 noon.

TCC members,

In tomorrow’s paper there will be a legal notice of the Request for Proposals for the tax collection agency for the Bucks County TCD.  This is a huge step in this process, and I think we’ve all done a great deal of work to get here.  Thanks to everyone for all the homework they did, and the valuable input that got us to this point.

I’ve posted the Legal Ad, the Request for Proposal, and the draft Agreement on the website for you to download.  The RFP and Agreement are the documents that we got consensus on during last week’s meetings.

(7/5/10) – Links removed from copyrighted materials.  Please contact for this info.

I look forward to seeing the Proposals that come in, and I’ll make sure you know as much as I do during this period.

Thanks again.

Mike

To: Board of Delegates, Bucks County Tax Collection Committee

From: Michael Gallagher, Chairperson

Re: Proposed TCC Bylaws

Date: March 15, 2010

Click here for the proposed bylaws for the Bucks County Tax Collection Committee (TCC) submitted for your consideration at our meeting scheduled for March 25, 2010.  The bylaws were drafted by the TCC Officers and reviewed with the Interim TCC Solicitor, Geoffrey Beauchamp, Esq.

The draft bylaws were developed using the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) model.  The 4 officers also reviewed other sample bylaw documents and the bylaws of other counties, and have made suggested revisions based on some good ideas we found there.

The proposed bylaws provide for all of the required provisions of Act 32, including a method for counting votes, what constitutes a quorum, meeting dates, reorganization, election of officers, public notices, and appointment of a Tax Appeals Board.

The proposed bylaws include two options for counting votes as follows:

  1. Weighted voting determined by a formula that includes 50% of proportional population of each Taxing Authority in proportion to the total population of the Tax Collection District (TCD), and 50% to the proportional income tax revenues collected in proportion to the total income tax collection in the TCD.
  2. Non-Weighted voting where each Delegate will have one equally weighted vote for each Taxing Authority

The Board of Delegates must decide which voting system will be used in the bylaws.

Given the size of the Bucks County TCC, the Executive Officers believe the best way to provide for the day to day operations of the TCC is to appoint a Management Committee consisting of the elected Officers and five other appointed delegates with specific powers granted to it by the Board. The proposed bylaws provide for the appointment of a Management Committee. The Management Committee will generally meet monthly to review TCC operations and make any necessary decisions for the efficient operation of the TCC within the authority limits granted to it by the Board.  The Management Committee will report to the Board on a quarterly basis.

One key provision in the bylaws is the requirement for a 2/3 super majority vote of all delegate votes to merge with another TCC, purchase or sell real estate, incur debt not included in a budget, and to create a tax bureau to collect taxes.

The bylaws also provide for the appointment of an Executive Director by the Board.  I understand that we talked about not having this in the bylaws at the last meeting.  While the Executive Officers believe that the Bucks TCC can operate without an Executive director at this time, we also think the TCC may want to consider the appointment of an Executive Director in the future, on a part time basis.  We have learned, for example, that the Northampton County TCC has hired the Meyner Center at Lafayette College as its Executive Director at $65 per hour, for an estimated $12,000 per year.  The duties include preparing and sending all required TCC notices and correspondence, preparing minutes, processing invoices, facilitating meetings, preparing monthly financial statements, preparing RFP’s, and performing other duties as determined by the Board.  We don’t see the harm in having this provision in the bylaws, even if it is not our intention to use an Executive director at this time.

The bylaws require that the TCC meet quarterly.  The Board must establish its regular meeting dates, and the date for the annual reorganization meeting.  All Officers and members of the Management Committee serve for a one year term and must be re-elected by the Board at the annual organization meeting.

The bylaws provide that the TCC fiscal year will be January 1 through December 31.  It also provides that the allocation of TCC expense will be based on the proportionate share of Earned Income Taxes collected by each Taxing Authority in the TCD to the total Earned Income Taxes collected by all of the Taxing Authorities in the TCD.

The bylaws provide for appropriate bonds and insurance to protect the TCC from adverse litigation, and include provisions for the addition of a Taxing Authority to the TCC.

Please read the draft bylaws carefully and present any comments at the meeting on March 25, 2010.

The Executive Officers believe these bylaws are an appropriate document to guide the organization and operation of the Bucks County TCC, and recommend approval by the Board of Delegates.

Mike

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Marita Kelley of DCED had agreed to come and speak to our group about Act 32 on January 14th.  At that time, we discussed a possible inclement weather date of January 21st.  Marita called me and asked if we could move the meeting to the 21st, even though we don’t know about the weather.  Because we all thought it was important to have the training session that she would be able to provide, I thought it best to move the meeting.

So we will move the meeting from the 14th to the 21st.  The location will be the same, the Warwick Township building.  Here’s a link to the location:

Warwick Township Building

1733 Township Greene, Jamison, PA 18929

The meeting will still have the same timing, a 6pm training session with Marita Kelley, followed by a 7pm meeting.

The meeting agenda can be found on the website:
https://act32bucks.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/jan14_2010-agenda.pdf

I’ve been trying to keep the website updated with all the relevant documentation I could find on the issue, most recently posting DCED’s document on Act 32 Best Practices.  As a reminder, the website for the group is:
https://act32bucks.wordpress.com/

Also, I started a Google email group for discussion among committee members.  I sent invites to 96 email addresses, (primary and alternate delegates), and only 31 of those email addresses signed up for the group.  This email is going to all 96 email addresses again, but it would be great if everyone would be able to share in what could become a great discussion group.  The website for this Google group is:
http://groups.google.com/group/act32bucks/

If you haven’t already, please sign up!.

Thank you all for your patience, and I look forward to seeing you all on the 21st in Warwick.

Mike Gallagher

PS. If there have been changes to your municipality or school board’s delegation, please let me know with a new email address.

DCED Presentation Available

November 30, 2009

TCC Members,

I’ve added to this website the PowerPoint presentation that was used when I went to Act32 training.  It can be found at the link on the right, or here:  DCED Act32 Training

I’ve spoken to Marita Kelley, who will be giving us a presentation on Act 32 on January 14th at 6pm.  She has told me that the materials are being updated, and we’ll be able to get the new materials after 12/31/09.  I’ll post them here when I get them.

I hope you get a chance to see the materials before the meeting so that we can all ask Marita some good questions!

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Mike

 

First Meeting Complete!

November 6, 2009

Well, the Tax Collection Committee of Bucks County had it’s first meeting last night, 11/5/09.  The meeting was started by Commissioner Martin and acting COO Brian Hessenthaler.  Mike Gallagher was selected as chair, Cynthia Philo as vice chair, and Robert Pellegrino as Secretary.

The committee was given a short presentation on Act 32 by David Matyas.  The committee then talked about the need for more education around Act 32 and what the TCC will need to do.  It was agreed that we will reach out to DCED for further education at a next meeting in January.  Gail Weniger offered to host the meeting at the Warwick Township building, and Cynthia offered to look into the need to advertise the meeting in a newspaper.

The committee also talked about the creation of bylaws.  It was decided that a small group would focus on studying the bylaws, while the entire committee would make themselves familiar with DCED’s recommended bylaws before the next meeting.

We began a long process last night, but everyone seemed very intent on making sure that the best interests of their municipality or school district was served with the Act 32’s countywide collection of Earned Income Taxes.

Mike