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Center Township Tax Collector Resigns After “Irregularities” Discovered During Audit

Center Township tax collector Jeanne Bowser has resigned her elected position after township officials say an audit by Central Valley School District discovered “irregularities.”

Township Supervisors voted to approve Bowser’s resignation at their public meeting on Monday.

Solicitor Nicholas Urick read a prepared statement during the meeting addressing the controversy.

“In the normal course of its audit procedures, the school district found irregularities in reporting by the tax collector,” he said.

“The township and the school are in the initial stages of determining the extent of those irregularities. It will take some time before we conclude any investigation on the matter. The tax collector submitted her resignation. The school district and township are taking steps to establish a smooth transition so there is minimal disruption to taxpayers.”

Urick said the municipality is prepared to take action if the investigation deems it warranted.

“In the event of loss of any taxpayer dollars we would take the steps to recover those losses. Just so the public is aware, this matter was promptly turned over to the appropriate authorities. That is the only comment that we can make at this time. When we are in a position to do so, we will provide further comment on the matter.”

A representative of Central Valley said the school district was in agreement with the township’s statement.

Bowser could not be reached for comment at a number listed in the official Beaver County Government Directory.

BeaverCountian.com multimedia contributor Matthew LaComb contributed to this report.

John Paul
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John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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jw
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jw

Hate to jump to conclusions but this sounds like a lot more than an accounting error.

Twphuman
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Twphuman

And if you think this is the only issue with our local government, think again. Corruption is running rampant in all aspects of our municipality’s and simply electing new members only delays the inevitable. We need impartial groups to check and balance everyone.

Icanread
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Icanread

I’ll wait until the jury is in. Center Twp uses Berkheimer for tax collection, with an F rating by the Better Business Bureau. They could have screwed it all up, too. Here are some reviews for fun: https://www.bbb.org/us/pa/bangor/profile/collections-agencies/berkheimer-associates-0241-50001873/customer-reviews

Silence_Dogood
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Silence_Dogood

I can’t STAND Berkheimer. All they are is a bunch of crooked assholes that will do anything to steal money from you. There’s actually a Facebook group of people with horror stories in dealing with them called Pennsylvanians Against Berkheimer. It’s got over 1200 members already.

Icanread
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Icanread

Maybe the Teasurer was trying to fix Berkheimer created problems- or maybe not. We’ll see.

Truthful
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Truthful

It will be interesting to see what “famiglias” have not been paying their full share of taxes….

Michelle Bimeal
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Michelle Bimeal

People…..don’t jump to conclusions. Ms. Bowser’s reputation has always been one of credibility and trustworthiness. It is unfair to chastise her at this point.

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