Much to the dismay of some residents, Baldwin Borough's newly elected council decided to move the tax collector's office out of the borough building in north Baldwin, where it has been located since the late 1950s.
By a 5-2 vote Tuesday night, council voted to move the tax collector, Gail Dobson Mikush, to the Wallace School, where the earned income tax collector and District Justice John Bova have offices.
Ms. Mikush, who has served as tax collector for the past 20 years, said the old school, a former junior high on Macek Drive, doesn't have proper security, and would be dangerous for her and the senior citizens who pay property taxes in person.
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District, which owns the old school, will accommodate her needs if she wants to move there and would bill the borough for part of the rent, said Ken Gorton, school district director of finance and operations.
"However, if she elects not to come in, that is at her discretion," Mr. Gorton said.
After the meeting, Ms. Mikush said, she has contacted an attorney and will sue the borough to stop the move.
Council President Marian Joseph said move was needed to free up empty space, but Ms. Mikush said it is a political vendetta.
Apparently, many Baldwin residents like to pay their property taxes in person and with cash, so they can get their tax receipt from Ms. Mikush. Many came to the borough meeting to support her and spoke against council's actions.
Jan Ackerman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-851-1512.