New OCCUPATIONAL TAX bills mailed

PLEASE READ: 2021-22 Occupational Tax Bill
Over the holiday weekend, the District became aware that there was an issue with the 2021-22 occupation tax bills that were recently mailed to CR residents.  This error was the result of the bill printing company using the incorrect tax rate.  This was not an error made by the tax collectors or the School District.  The printing company has agreed to send a revised occupation tax bill to residents, and the tax collectors will return any incorrect payments.  We recommend waiting to pay your occupation tax bill until you receive a revised bill.  (Real estate tax bills were not affected and may be paid at this time).The District appreciates that the tax collectors promptly identified this issue and are working very hard to resolve it with as little inconvenience as possible.  If you have any additional questions, you may contact your local tax collector Business / Real Estate and Occupational Tax (crsd.org)  or the CRSD Tax Office at 215-944-1090.

Appeals for Residential Appeals

THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOUR APPEAL WILL REDUCE YOUR TAXES.

Residential Appeal Form

Rules Governing the Appeal Hearing for Residential Appeals

1.The aggrieved party of record must execute the Notice of Intention to Appeal.

2.Completed Annual Appeal Forms and a non-refundable $125.00 filing fee for each parcel payable to Bucks County Board of Assessment must be returned and on file in the office of the Board of Assessment appeals, or postmarked on or before August 2, 2021.Do not send cash through the mail.

3.Completed Interim Appeal Forms must be returned and on file in the office of the Board of Assessment Appeals, or postmarked on the appeal dead linedate printed on your recent assessment revision notice for interim appeals. There is a non-refundable filing fee of $125.00 for Interim Appeals. Do not send cash through the mail.

4.Any Appeal forms received after or postmarked after the designated filing date will be rejected as untimely filed.Facsimiles of appeal forms will be rejected

5.The aggrieved party or authorized attorney must be present at the hearing unless waiver is signed (see appeal form). The Board may determine exceptions in instances of unique or significant hardships.

6.All forms provided by the Board of Assessment Appeals must be executed by the aggrieved party. If using a legal representative, then the aggrieved party shall provide a separate originally executed attorney authorization document. Appellants must use forms provided by Bucks County Board of Assessment. Incomplete, altered or illegible forms will not be accepted.

7.Appraisers preparing appraisal reports (under Pennsylvania Statute) will be permitted to testify and express opinions in the field of their expertise along with the aggrieved parties and/or their attorney.

8.Evidence of Market Valuea.An appraisal report prepared for the subject property by a Pennsylvania Certified Real Estate Appraiser in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice(USPAP) can be submitted as evidence of market value. A copy of a recent completed appraisal should be submitted with appeal form, or provided to the Board at least 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing date.b.Check sales within the last 18 months of similar properties in your neighborhood. SIMILAR refers to style, location, value, quality of construction, physical characteristics and market area. Spaces are provided on the appeal form to list similar properties. Photos of your property and those listed on the form would be helpful to the Board in its determination.*In addition to A or B, if you purchased the property within the last 18 months submit a copy of your settlement sheet along with the completed appeal form as further evidence of market value. SETTLEMENT SHEETS CANNOT BE THE ONLY SOURCE OF EVIDENCE.

9.The Board may examine all witnesses and may request additional information or data to be provided within a specified time after the hearing in order to establish the market value.

10.The aggrieved party and authorized attorney, if applicable, will be notified by mail 20 days priorto the hearing as to the location, date, and time of hearing.No postponements will be granted.

11.Failure of the aggrieved party or authorized attorney to appear at the hearing, after due notice thereof, shall be considered an abandonment of the appeal and grounds for dismissal.The filing fee will not be returned.

12.Group appeals must be represented by an attorney.December 2020

SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE

DEON-SPOTLIGHT

When people learn that I am the Northampton Township Tax Collector, they often assume that I am employed by the Township, and they do not realize that I serve residents as an elected official. On an annual basis, I am responsible for collecting over $104 million dollars. My tax office issues timely tax bills and is subject to audits certifying that every dollar collected is accounted for and timely paid to the taxing authorities (i.e. county, township and school district).

As the Township’s Tax Collector, I am entrusted with providing efficient, accurate and professional tax information and services to our taxpayers. I serve in this role on a full-time basis, and even during the pandemic my office remained accessible to the public with appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions.

What I enjoy most about being the Tax Collector is interacting with Township residents by personally handling tax issues. There are occasions when a “homebound” senior or disabled resident requires in-person assistance and cannot come to my office or communicate effectively by telephone. On those occasions, I have no hesitation in making a “house call” to help that individual process his or her tax payment. Timely, professional service is paramount.

In addition to serving as the current Tax Collector, I am a life-long resident of Bucks County who has resided in the Township for nearly 30 years. I have a lengthy history of community service as a former Township Supervisor and through my affiliation as a volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force, I earned my college degree at St. Joseph’s University, where I met my wife of 31 years, Grace. Our daughter, Aubrey, a Council Rock graduate, is a first year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.

PHOTO CAP: Vincent Deon, Tax Collector – Providing great service to the people of Northampton Township is our pleasure.

AMERICAN FLAG DROP OFF

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Resident and dear friend Stephen MCGill dropped off his retired American Flag
Vince,

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the kindness you extended to me and my grandson, Jack McInerney, the other day when we brought in our flags for retirement. I really appreciate you taking the time to make a fuss over Jack. He suggested he come to my home and replace the tattered flag on my flag pole with a new flag and take care of disposing properly of the old flag. In these current times, it is refreshing that a young person has such great respect for our country and our flag. I'm quite proud of Jack and it is nice that his efforts were recognized by you and your staff.

Thank you, again,

Dianne

USAF Veteran Vincent & Jack

Vince,

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for the kindness you extended to me and my grandson, Jack McInerney, the other day when we brought in our flags for retirement. I really appreciate you taking the time to make a fuss over Jack. He suggested he come to my home and replace the tattered flag on my flag pole with a new flag and take care of disposing properly of the old flag. In these current times, it is refreshing that a young person has such great respect for our country and our flag. I’m quite proud of Jack and it is nice that his efforts were recognized by you and your staff.

Thank you, again, Dianne