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June 10, 2013

Tax outreach endeavor sees additional growth

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

This letter is written with much appreciation to the many individuals responsible in helping to make the 2013 Lawrence County Treasurer’s Tax Outreach Program such an incredible success this year.

Much gratitude goes out to our township supervisors, borough mayors, council members, secretaries and municipal tax collectors who all assisted me in marketing the county tax outreach program in their communities.

As I traveled throughout the county these past two months visiting 21 boroughs and townships, I was greeted by courteous and professional employees of which their support, cooperation and kindness is to be commended.

Seeds were planted for a pilot county tax outreach program back in 2008 when that first year, $11,000 was collected. News of the service helped garner county tax outreach collections of approximately $95,000 in 2009, $177,000 in 2010, $224,000 in 2011 and $340,000 in 2012.

It is with great enthusiasm that I report a total of approximately $518,000 was collected during this year’s 2013 county tax outreach program. That is an increase of 66 percent from last year’s county tax outreach efforts.

I am extremely grateful to the taxpayers of Lawrence County who embraced and utilized this program to satisfy their 2013 county real estate taxes, it is always such a joy for me to visit, meet, converse and serve old and new acquaintances.

This program has been a bridge that has personified county and municipal government working together on behalf of the taxpayers of Lawrence County.

Innovation, coupled with superior customer service, will always be evident in the Lawrence County treasurer’s office because serving the public is our passion. Customer service is not a department; it is an attitude.

Richard L. Rapone

Lawrence County treasurer

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