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Upper Makefield Township Tax Collector (2 YR Term)

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  • Rich Krollman
    (Rep)

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    Tom Merchant
    (Dem)

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Experience Former Legal Dept. Vice President and VP of Legal Internal audit group for major UK-based pharmaceutical manufacturer. A "Qualified Tax Collector" as required by PA law.
Education Merrimack College, (B.S.), Holy Cross College, (M.S.), Temple Law
Email address TomMerchant@comcast.net
Improved Customer Service - The Tax collector's office needs to be modernized and computerized. The paper-based record system needs to be replaced with modern computer-based records to improve efficiency and reduce errors. I successfully computerized a corporate law department and can bring that learning and experience to the local tax collector's office

Many residents have asked for the convenience of online payments for their tax bills. This can be done and has been done in other communities across Bucks county. Many of our residents asked for this option and I will make it a priority to adopt an online payment option.

I'll open an office in a public building with convenient office hours, including some evening hours. The Tax Collector's office should be a friendly, professional office with convenient access for our residents and the office should have expanded hours during high demand periods near the end of the discount period and again when full payment is due.
Qualified Tax Collector - Pennsylvania law requires Tax Collectors to pass a rigorous exam on tax collection law and obligations of a tax collector. I passed this exam on my first try and I am a "Qualified Tax Collector" ready to step into this important position.

Successful Career - Corporate Legal VP and Internal Auditor In my career as a corporate lawyer and Legal Department Vice President, I was recognized for providing timely, accurate and efficient service to clients in the USA and many international locations. As the Vice President of a legal department Internal Audit group, I led investigations into the company's compliance with complex regulations in the USA and Europe. As a legal consultant I now offer advice to a small number of clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. These companies have relied on my advice to improve their operations and have drawn on my accounting and auditing experience to uncover fraudulent financial transactions.