The Collector of Delinquent Taxes plays a vital role in ensuring that property taxes owed to the Town are paid by all taxpayers. It is the duty of the Collector of Delinquent Taxes to notify taxpayers when their taxes are overdue, to make arrangements for late payments, or to take formal collection actions, including conducting tax sales of the property when necessary. Finally, it is the obligation of the Collector of Delinquent Taxes to keep records of all delinquent accounts and to provide an accounting of these records to the locally elected Auditors for inclusion in the Annual Report of the Town.
Pownal has a three year term for Collection of Delinquent Taxes. He or she may not also be an Auditor or member of the Selectboard or School Board. Neither shall the spouse of or any person assisting the Collector of Deliquent Taxes serve as an Auditor. The collector is paid by an 8% fee collected from delinquent tax payers.
The Collector must contact delinquent taxpayers to arrange for the payment of delinquent taxes plus penalites and interest. The Collector should try to work out a payment schedule. He or she must keep accounts of every delinquent taxpayer, and the amounts of principal, interest, and penalties owed, and payments made.
When necessary for the collectin of taxes, the collector of delinquent taxes must conduct tax sales of property, bring an action at law, or use other methods for collecting delinquent taxes for the Town.
When the Collector of Delinquent Taxes resigns or the term expires, he or whe must immediately lodge with the Treasurer any tax bill committed to him or her which remains uncollected (in whole or in part) along with any money collected.