Don't destroy tax records
Rather than authorizing destruction of a tax collection agency's records, as requested by the law firm handling the agency's bankruptcy, the court should order the production of those records.
For example, in nearby Luzerne County, Centax was the designated tax collector.
It collected an array of local taxes after its appointment in August 2010. It collected taxes through the first half of 2012, but did not turn over those taxes to local governments before seeking bankruptcy and ceasing operations last September.
According to the Luzerne County Tax Collection Committee, 92 local governments and school districts are short about $9 million from the first half of last year. An undetermined amount of money also is due to governments in other counties whose residents worked in Luzerne County, where their wage taxes were deducted and collected.
The court should ensure that every effort is made to sort out which government is owned how much money. That can't be done if the records are destroyed.