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January 23, 1986 | By Kurt Pfitzer, Special to The Inquirer
Warminster Tax Collector Kathleen Hodgkinson says she might move her office out of the township building rather than have her rent doubled by the township Board of Supervisors. "I might move to my home, I might go to another office and share the rent with someone else," Hodgkinson said Tuesday. "But I don't know what I'm going to do. I just don't know. " The supervisors ordered township manager LeRoy Fetterman on Jan. 13 to ask Hodgkinson if she would be willing to sign a lease to rent her 286-square-foot office for $13 a square foot per year, or $3,720 a year.
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December 12, 1991 | By Jeff McGaw, Special to The Inquirer
George H. Snyder 3d, the former Abington Township tax collector accused of stealing $218,230 in township taxes and fees during 1989 and 1990, has yet another worry. Montgomery County is suing Snyder for $74,030 in tax money it says Snyder collected, but never turned over to the county. According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Montgomery County Court, an audit conducted in August by the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche revealed that Snyder collected but did not turn over $60,280 in 1990 county real estate taxes, $10,826 in interest on county real estate taxes, $1,561 in 1990 personal property taxes, and $1,363 in interest on personal property taxes.
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April 22, 1987 | By Jane Lenel, Special to The Inquirer
Mistakes made by mortgage companies in paying real estate taxes for policyholders are making a mess of tax records in Audubon, creating problems for taxpayers and making extra work for the borough tax collector. "It's a real problem," said Audubon's tax collector/treasurer, Peggy Meekins. She said that she spent many hours tracing record-keeping errors that resulted in real estate tax overpayments, delinquencies and unpaid senior- citizen rebate claims. A lot of the problems came from the rash of applications for mortgage refinancing after interest rates dropped, Meekins said.
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November 30, 1989 | By Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
Imagine going to a MAC machine and tapping it for a couple of hundred bucks every few days. Go to New York, take in a few shows, stay at your favorite hotel - and put it all on a charge card. Send your daughter to college in Paris and wire her thousands for spending money. Buy a small farm, put in a swimming pool, get yourself a couple of horses, and go out to eat whenever you feel like it. Carolyn Lee Whitney, 41, a divorcee who collected delinquent taxes for two Bucks County school districts, wallowed in such extravagance for four years, authorities say. But the $691,000 was allegedly embezzled, they say. It was delinquent per capita and occupation taxes she collected for the Quakertown and Palisades school districts, neither of which noticed they were being cheated until August when a secretary in Whitney's office tipped off police.
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December 23, 1990 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Inquirer Staff Writer Staff writer David Johnston contributed to this article
Everybody liked George. He was dapper and good-natured, friendly and bright, the eldest son in a prominent and well-off family and as nice a guy as anyone would want to meet. So when businessman George Howard Snyder 3d cracked his way into Abington's tumultuous political scene in 1985, eager to run for and reform the office of tax collector, many people were delighted. He carried no political baggage and appeared to have time, dedication and money. For three years he charmed the people of Abington.
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December 16, 1990 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
Seeking to re-establish the credibility of an office twice rocked by scandal in the last four years, new Abington Township tax collector and treasurer Max Solomon outlined some of the safeguards he has instituted at Thursday night's Board of Commissioners meeting. Solomon, 70, of Huntingdon Valley, was appointed to the post on Dec. 3. He replaced George H. Snyder 3d, who resigned on Nov. 14 and was arrested Dec. 10 and charged with stealing $210,000 in taxes over the last two years.
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March 12, 1989 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
The Nether Providence Township Board of Commissioners has accepted the resignation of tax collector Rosemary Mulcahy and appointed a township employee who is running for election to that post to fill the vacancy. Susan Facenda of Nether Providence will serve as township tax collector until the November election, officials said. Facenda has filed as a Republican candidate for that office. Mulcahy resigned so she can devote more time to her work as a real estate agent for Century 21 Adele Shaw & Associates in Upper Providence, according to her husband, Joseph Mulcahy, who is a township commissioner.
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April 27, 1989 | By Kimberly J. McLarin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A decision by the Pennsbury school board not to renew the lease of Falls Township tax collector Jan Vislosky has triggered a hot political controversy in this small district. "They have taken something very businesslike and have turned it into a lousy, political game," said Beth A. Neamand, president of the school board and one of four members who voted unsuccessfully to renew the lease. "That infuriates me. " Gloria L. Geary, one of the board members who voted against the new lease at a meeting April 10, said she also thinks it's a political issue, but not the way Neamand does.
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November 17, 1990 | By Michael L. Rozansky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abington tax collector George H. Snyder 3d, the target of a probe by the Montgomery County district attorney into an alleged shortage of tax revenues, has resigned, his attorney said yesterday. Philadelphia lawyer Donald J. Goldberg confirmed that on Thursday he mailed a letter from Snyder to Abington Township Manager Douglas S. Reeder. "It was just simply, 'I resign as treasurer. Please notify whoever needs to be told,' " Goldberg said of the letter dated Wednesday. He would not discuss Snyder's reasons for resigning.
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May 28, 2010 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jenkintown's former tax collector was charged Thursday with stealing more than $200,000 in tax revenue and using it to gamble at the PhiladelphiaPark casino, according to the Montgomery County district attorney. Michael O'Neill, 50, of Jenkintown, turned himself in to police and was charged with theft and related offenses. He was arraigned before District Judge Elizabeth McHugh in Elkins Park and released after posting $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing was set for June 17. O'Neill, who was hired in 2002, abruptly resigned in January after Jenkintown police got a tip about suspicious activity on a borough bank account, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
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March 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
They grew up near each other on Webster Street in Riverside. After they began dating, they walked together from home to Riverside High School. And when he went off to combat in France in World War II, their letters filled the silence. When he returned, they were together again. For decade after decade. On Monday, March 9, Michael Chiaccio, 92, municipal clerk and tax collector for Riverside Township from June 1960 to December 1989, died at Virtua Memorial Hospital - two days after his wife, Elizabeth D'Alessandro Chiaccio, 89, died there.
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June 21, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the last four years, Upper Providence Township's tax collector had a history of sloppy bookkeeping and late payments, Montgomery County officials say, finally forcing them last month to freeze her accounts and seize her records. The county and the Spring-Ford Area School District are now combing through the records of Beverly Nohl, who served from 2010 through 2013, to reconcile undeposited checks, duplicate payments, lost receipts, and other issues. She "kind of stopped, in the fall of last year, performing the job adequately," said Bill Caldwell, a deputy tax collector for the county.
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May 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera was shot in a leg when his department-issued firearm discharged in the municipal building Tuesday afternoon. The shooting occurred around 3:45 in the tax collector's office. Nucera was shot once with the .45-caliber weapon and taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for the wound, considered to be non-life-threatening. No one else was injured. A juvenile was responsible for the discharge, said Joel Bewley, a spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
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September 28, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dorothy Ann Samartino, 48, a former Moorestown Township tax collector for 27 years, died Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Samartino died from breast cancer. Her husband, Gordon Samartino said she was diagnosed with the disease four years ago and underwent surgery in October 2009. She was being treated at the University of Pennsylvania. "She was in remission and had a reoccurrence in January of this year," he said Thursday. Mrs. Samartino was born in Willingboro and grew up in Delran.
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August 31, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough and the William Penn School District was arrested Thursday after admitting he stole $1.3 million from both, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. Robert H. Park, 77, of Aldan, was charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and other offenses related to money taken between 2003 and 2012, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Whelan said Park has admitted that he took the money. The financially struggling school district lost $960,841.26 during that period, police said, and Aldan, $377,529.74.
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March 4, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meeting in special session Saturday, Medford's town council informally approved a new formula for estimating unpaid taxes that could mean little or no tax increase this year. State statute obligates municipalities to annually estimate the amount of taxes they will not be able to collect in the year ahead, and to include a "reserve for uncollected taxes" in their budget calculations. Mayor Frank Czekay told council that Medford last year collected 97.18 percent of its taxes and that, under its standard estimation formula, it would need to create a reserve this year of $2.4 million.
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March 3, 2013 | By David O’Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meeting in special session Saturday, Medford's town council informally approved a new formula for estimating unpaid taxes that could mean little or no tax increase this year. State statute obliges muncipalities to annually estimate the amount of taxes they will not be able to collect in the year ahead, and to include a "reserve for uncollected taxes" in their budget calculations. Mayor Frank Czekay told council that Medford last year collected only 97.18 percent of its taxes, and that under its standard estimation formula it would need to create a reserve this year of $2.4 million.
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January 3, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Delaware County District Attorney is trying to figure out what happened to as much as $1 million in tax funds missing from the William Penn School District and Aldan Borough. At the center of the inquiry is borough's 76-year-old tax collector, Robert H. Park, according to Jack Whelan, district attorney. "He is cooperating," said Whelan, adding that Park and his attorneys had approached the district attorney's office. The investigation is being handled by the economic-crime unit, Whelan said.
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January 3, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware County district attorney is investigating what happened to as much as $1 million in tax funds missing from the William Penn School District and Aldan Borough. The inquiry is centered on the borough's tax collector, Robert H. Park, according to Jack Whelan, the district attorney. "He is cooperating," Whelan said, adding that Park, 76, and his attorneys approached the District Attorney's Office. The investigation is being handled by the economic-crime unit, Whelan said.
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December 28, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Theresa "Tese" Kearney Kenney, 87, of Clifton Heights, a civic activist, church volunteer, and mother of 13, died Monday, Dec. 24, at the home of daughter Rosie Criscuolo in West Chester. Mrs. Kenney attended John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia. In 1948, she married Daniel "Dapper" Kenney. While raising a family, she was an officer with the CYO in St. Eugene Parish in Primos and coached the cheerleaders for many years. She never missed a football game at St. Eugene from 1960 until 1982, when her last son graduated from elementary school, her family said.
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