South Abington Twp. hires law firm to collect delinquent sewer fees

S. ABINGTON TWP. — The municipality hired Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd. to collect its delinquent sewer fees. Portnoff utilizes state law that allows the costs of collection to be imposed upon the delinquent taxpayers, creating incentive for them to pay and reducing the burden of collection costs on the overall tax base.

After 60 days, each delinquent property owner will receive a notice advising him or her of the balance due. Attached to the notice will be a schedule of legal fees that Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd. will potentially assess against the property if the owner fails to respond to the notice.

Recipients of the notice will be afforded a 30-day grace period within which to make payment arrangements. Property owners with large balances will be permitted to enter into payment arrangements of up to six months and a hardship program allowing longer payment terms will be available to owner occupants experiencing financial difficulties.

After the grace period ends, Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd. will proceed with legal action on the unresolved accounts. Delinquent property owners who fail to make payment arrangements or request hardship accommodations will be assessed legal fees and costs associated with the collection of their accounts.

The township urges property owners who have not yet paid their delinquent sewer fees to do so prior to July 8 by mailing payment to the township. Alternatively, property owners should contact Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd. promptly upon receipt of the notice, to avoid additional charges.

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