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W-B Area property tax confusion addressed

April 19. 2013 11:56AM

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WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Wilkes-Barre Area School District residents still struggling with confusion about property taxes caused by an abrupt switch in tax collectors can pay their bills in person and clear up any questions by meeting representatives of the new collection company at any of three upcoming events at the Wilkes-Barre Township municipal building.
School District Business Manager Leonard Przywara said the new tax collector, Berkheimer Associates, held one “pay-in-person” session at the municipal building last week and the lone Berkheimer representative was swamped with visitors, so the company scheduled additional sessions – with more representatives – for Friday, as well as for Nov. 9 and Dec 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Berkheimer was contracted by the district to collect property taxes in every district municipality except Wilkes-Barre Township, where the contract went to Centax/Don Wilkinson. Centax ran into problems shortly after mailing bills and closed abruptly, transferring tax collection responsibilities for the township to Berkheimer.
The unexpected change left many residents wondering who they should pay their bills to, Przywara said. In order to make it easier, Berkheimer agreed to set up the pay-in-person sessions.
“It’s so people can come in and do this across the table, instead of through the mail,” Przywara said.
The district issued a short press release noting taxpayers should use the original bill mailed by Don Wilkinson Agency because new bills will not be mailed by Berkheimer. Residents should make checks payable to HAB-RET.
Those who want to pay by mail can get envelopes addressed to Berkheimer at the township municipal building.
Property Tax payments
What: Opportunity to pay school district property taxes in person
Where: Wilkes-Barre Township Municipal Building, 150 Watson St.
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional sessions will be held Nov. 9 and Dec. 7.

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