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The Washington Township Board of Trustees met in Regular Session on April 21, 2008, at <br />7:30 p.m. at the Washington Township Government Center, 8200 McEwen Road. President <br />Young opened the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. <br />MINUTES OF PRECEEDING MEETINGS <br />It was moved by Mr. Blair, seconded by Mr. Snyder, that the Board approves the pre- meeting <br />minutes and the minutes of the Regular meeting held April 7, 2008. <br />Vote on Motion: Blair, aye; Snyder, aye; Young, aye. M2008 -129 <br />PRESENTATION BY CAROLYN RICE, MONTGOMERY COUNTY TREASURER <br />Carolyn Rice gave an overview of the Montgomery County Treasurer's office. They are <br />located downtown in the County Administration Building on the second floor. They now have a <br />payment center on the first floor on the south side of the building. The entire second floor is <br />the Treasurer's office. They have 32 full -time employees. From January through mid - <br />February they hire seasonal employees because that is when the first half taxes are due. This <br />summer they will be bringing in additional people when the second half taxes are due. They <br />are organized into five departments: Taxpayer Services, which most people interact with; <br />Cash Management, which includes the cashier and analysts and all of the people who move <br />and take in all of the money; Delinquency, who collects taxes and deals with bankruptcies and <br />tax liens on properties; Finance and Investment; and Administration. They are the fourth <br />largest county in the State. <br />People signed up last year for the homestead reduction on real estate property. <br />Approximately 97 percent of the people who are eligible were signed up. Ms. Rice informed <br />everyone that it is still not too late. June 1St is the deadline to apply. As new people turn 65, <br />they should be reminded to apply for next year. She also advised new residents to look <br />carefully at their tax bill to make sure they received the two and one -half percent rollback. She <br />also informed everyone that active duty military personnel assigned out of state or out of the <br />country can have their taxes deferred for up to six months from the date they return. They <br />were advised to call her office at 225 -4010. <br />Washington Township has a very small delinquent tax base. As of March 31St, only $642,685 <br />was due delinquent. This is not a large number when compared to other areas in the County. <br />This represents only 106 parcels. Of those 106, 72% are residential, and 26 percent are <br />already on delinquent payment plans. The remaining delinquent tax payers may be planning <br />to pay by July 16th; if not, she highly encourages people to call her office and pay as much as <br />they can. This shows good faith that they are trying and it will also reduce penalties. She <br />indicated that their office has cross - trained with United Way's Help Link 211. United Way's <br />staff was trained on taxes and United Way trained them on the many services that they make <br />available. When the delinquency counselor has a citizen in their office with a problem beyond <br />their capability to help, they can pick up the phone and get them credit counseling, food <br />services or other help they need. Ms. Rice indicated that her office is also working with County <br />Corp. who has individuals on staff who can look at a mortgage loan and help determine if they <br />have a bad mortgage for their situation. <br />There will be a tax lien sale this year on November 15th. Last year she received a check for <br />$2.69 million for 875 parcels that were sold in the tax lien sale. From August until November <br />15th they collected almost $14.6 million from delinquent tax collection. They may not have <br />received these monies had it not been for the tax lien sale, which motivated people to come <br />forward and pay their obligation before their homes were sold. <br />04/21/08 <br />