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Change made for tax office

May 23, 2012

Photo by Joseph Bell – Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg, left, reaches for paperwork Tuesday alongside fellow Commissioner Janis E. Kemmer.

The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve an agreement with Palmetto Posting, Inc., and county officials for the posting of delinquent tax notices on properties for which delinquent taxes are owed.
John Samick and Katie Krise from the county's Tax Claims office were on hand Tuesday morning to discuss the change.
"Palmetto Posting is a company specializing in posting properties for delinquent taxes for tax sales and also for returning claim notices from the previous tax year," Krise said. "The Elk County Sheriff's office used to do that process for us, but the costs are starting to exceed our limits. We found that Palmetto Posting is much more innovative, efficient and cost-effective for this process that we do.
"We have about 600 properties for sale and returning claim notices that we post each year. We're trying to keep those costs down as low as possible."
For Krise, one of the company's more attractive selling points involved technology and the timeliness of the company when relaying vital information.
"They use a lot of digital technology that can get use information about where they're at instantly," Krise said. "We have a lot of pros with this company and a lot of other counties have used them and given testimony and positive feedback. They have a better final product.
"They have certified affidavits with pictures of the property posted and the actual GPS coordinates of where they were standing when they posted the property, and all of the legal information that we need to prove that we've done our job correctly."
Elk County Commissioner Daniel R. Freeburg expressed his appreciation to Krise for finding something that will reportedly be more cost-effective and efficient.
The cost for posting per parcel of land will reportedly be $25; previously, the Tax Claims office used to be responsible for a surcharge fee and a posting fee, plus mileage for each property.

Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, May 23, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

Next meeting
Elk County Board of Commissioners
When: Tuesday, June 5
Where: Courthouse Annex, Center Street, Conference Room No. 2
Time: 10 a.m.

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