Montgomery offers part-time codes enforcement

MONTGOMERY – The borough has a part-time codes enforcement officer with a familiar face.

Walter Bohner, who was the full-time codes enforcement officer until he was let go for cost savings, has been rehired to work on a trial basis three days a week, according to Borough Manager John Lynch Sr.

Bohner will work out of the borough office on Main Street from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Lynch said.

“We’re going to see how it works for six months,” Lynch said. The cost for his part-time services, and Bohner has more than 25 years of experience, is less than what it would be to have hired someone full-time, Lynch said.

In another matter, council took no formal action, but upon request of a resident, asked solicitor Benjamin Landon to review the best method for dealing with any holes in tax collection as far as accuracy of addresses and tax bills sent regarding the $5 per capital tax. It’s estimated the per capita tax generates about $10,000 in revenue, but the cost of assessing the tax that is collected in 12 municipalities in the county is under review.

Several people apparently have registered complaints of received notices that they will be turned over to state tax collection for non-payment.

A few of those people attended the meeting and said they are willing to pay the tax, but were not notified.

Landon said the tax is levied on every individual who lives in the borough and should anyone receive notice of non-payment, pay the tax at the front office.

Lynch said it is a problem because the borough doesn’t have a tax assessor.

“We had a tax collector and she moved out of the borough and now we’ve turned our collection over to the county,” he said.