Commissioners look at property delinquent tax bills, reassessment

Property tax bills may be coming out soon, but those who owe back taxes may find a new addition on their houses later this year – delinquent notices.

Thomas Heap, Lycoming County Tax Claim Bureau director, told commissioners Tuesday that his office is preparing to post about 2,000 delinquent tax notices on properties throughout the county beginning around June 1.

Commissioners will review an agreement Thursday at their meeting to award the job to Palmetto Posting of Spartansburg, S.C., which the county has used for the past two years, according to Heap.

The company will post signs on the property during a four-day period. Heap said it used to take his office six weeks to do the same job.

“It’s an unfortunate part of the business,” Heap said about tagging properties belonging to residents who have not paid their taxes.

Palmetto Posting will be paid $25 per property, but money owed to the county is returned through any future sale of the property, Heap said.

“We do get our costs back,” he said.

Commissioners also will review an agreement that will allow for a new part-time position in the county’s conservation district to perform outreach activities to farmers. Mark Davidson, conservation district manager, said the position would be paid for with Act 13 natural gas drilling impact fees if approved.

Also Thursday, commissioners will take public comment and consider adopting a resolution for a countywide property reassessment.

Commissioners meet at 10 a.m. at Executive Plaza, 330 Pine St.