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12 Pa. Code § 151.61. Withdrawal and establishment of a new tax collection committee.

WITHDRAWAL AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW TAX COLLECTION COMMITTEE


§ 151.61. Withdrawal and establishment of a new tax collection committee.

 (a)  Resolution to withdraw. Under section 505(m) of the act (53 P.S. §  6924.505(m)), a political subdivision governed by a tax collection committee established under section 505(m) of the act may, within the 90-day period ending November 15, 2013, and November 15 every fourth year thereafter, adopt and file with the Department and the tax collection committee a resolution evidencing its desire to withdraw from governance by the tax collection committee as of January 1 of the second succeeding calendar year. If a majority of the governing bodies of the political subdivisions adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw, a new tax collection committee shall be established in accordance with the following:

   (1)  The establishment of a new tax collection committee may not alter the geographic boundaries or the political subdivisions of the tax collection district.

   (2)  The old tax collection committee shall stay in effect through December 31 of the first succeeding calendar year after the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw.

   (3)  The new tax collection committee shall become effective as of January 1 of the second succeeding calendar year after the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw.

   (4)  Other than the timing requirements as provided for in this section, the new tax collection committee shall have all the obligations, duties and powers and be subject to the quorum and voting rights provisions provided for in Chapter 5 of the act (53 P.S. § §  6924.501—6924.517) and this chapter.

 (b)  Delegates.

   (1)  The governing body of each political subdivision within the tax collection district that imposed an income tax prior to July 1 of the same year the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw occurs shall appoint one voting delegate and one or more alternates to represent the political subdivision on the new tax collection committee by September 15 of the succeeding calendar year after the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw. The governing body of each political subdivision that after June 30 of the same year as the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw occurs imposes an income tax for the first time shall appoint one voting delegate and one or more alternates to represent the political subdivision on the tax collection committee. A voting delegate or alternate shall serve at the pleasure of the governing body of the political subdivision.

   (2)  The governing body of each political subdivision within the tax collection district that prior to July 1 of the same year as the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw occurs does not impose an income tax may appoint one nonvoting delegate and one or more alternates to represent the political subdivision on the tax collection committee. If after June 30 of the same year as the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw occurs the political subdivision imposes an income tax, the nonvoting delegate shall become a voting delegate to represent the political subdivision on the tax collection committee.

 (c)  First meeting. The first meeting of the tax collection committee in the tax collection district shall be on or before May 15 of the year subsequent to the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw. The chair of the county commissioners or the chief executive of the county in which the tax collection district is primarily located or the chair’s designee shall schedule the first meeting of the tax collection committee and provide, at least 21 days before the meeting, public notice, as required under 65 Pa.C.S. §  703 (relating to definitions), and notice by first class mail by March 15 of the year subsequent to the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw to the Department and to the governing body of each political subdivision located in the tax collection district.

 (d)  Establishment of tax collection committee. The chair of the county commissioners or the chair’s designee or the chief executive of the county or the chief executive’s designee shall convene the first meeting of the tax collection committee, conduct the meeting and record all votes until a chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary are elected by the tax collection committee. The voting delegates of the tax collection committee shall elect a chairperson and a vice chairperson, each of whom shall be duly appointed voting delegates, and a secretary who may be a duly appointed voting delegate. If the secretary is a duly appointed voting delegate, this shall be noted on the record at all meetings. The chairperson shall schedule meetings, set the agenda, conduct meetings, record votes and perform other duties as determined by the tax collection committee. The secretary shall maintain the minutes and records of the tax collection committee and provide notices to each delegate and alternate appointed to the tax collection committee.

 (e)  Bylaws. Before July 16 of the year subsequent to the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw, the delegates of the new tax collection committee shall adopt bylaws to govern the tax collection committee and notify the Department within 30 days of adoption. The Department will provide sample bylaws to the tax collection committee. The tax collection committee shall provide written notice to each delegate and alternate delegate informing each delegate and alternate delegate that the adoption or amendment of bylaws will be considered at a meeting. The written notice must include copies of the proposed bylaws or amendments. The bylaws for each tax collection committee must include:

   (1)  Rules of procedure, quorum requirements, voting rights and provisions for managing the affairs of the tax collection committee.

   (2)  A list of officers, their terms and powers, and a process for their election.

   (3)  Meetings, including special meetings.

   (4)  The process for adopting and amending bylaws.

   (5)  The procedure for the addition of new political subdivisions to the tax collection committee.

 (f)  Election of officers. Upon the election of any new officers, the tax collection committee shall notify the Department within 30 days and shall provide the Department with the name and address of each officer.

 (g)  Appeals board. By September 30 of the year subsequent to the November 15 date to adopt resolutions evidencing a desire to withdraw, the new tax collection committee shall establish an appeals board under section 505(j) of the act and this chapter.



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