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Four vie for tax collector positions

Candidates tout backgrounds in Lewistown, Derry Township races

November 1, 2013
By Kiernan Schalk - Sentinel reporter ( , Lewistown Sentinel

LEWISTOWN - There are two contested tax collector races in this election cycle: Derry Township and the borough of Lewistown.

The Derry Township tax collector salary is approximately $69,000 a year, while the borough tax collector salary is about $30,400.

Derry Township

Republican Bret Treaster is running against Democrat Pamela S. Eberman.

Eberman said her background in banking makes her well suited for the position.

"I want to serve the public and give back something," she said.

While out campaigning, Eberman said she came across a lot of voters who were concerned about what kind of office hours she would hold if elected.

Eberman said she will have extended office hours if she is chosen for the position.

Eberman said she plans to serve the residents of Derry Township with the same dedication and integrity as she had in her former career.

Treaster has been working for the Derry Township tax office for eight years, serving as deputy tax collector for the last four years.

Treaster said he is planning to add an addition to his home, where he plans to move the Derry Township tax office.

Treaster also said he plans to keep hours that make the office accessible to everyone, including those who work during normal business hours.

Treaster has a degree in business administration and marketing and enjoys being involved with school athletics in Mifflin County.

Borough of Lewistown

Longtime Lewistown accountant and former borough councilman Frank H. Berrier Jr. is running on the Republican ticket against Democrat Erin Laub Anewalt, who has a management background.

Anewalt said she is a good fit for the job and has the organizational skills and attention to detail the position requires, in addition to being good at record keeping and meeting deadlines.

She plans on trying to make the office more accessible to the public by taking short lunch breaks and making herself available after hours, she said.

Anewalt said she would like to bring the office up to speed with new technology.

Berrier said he feels he would do a good job for the borough.

"I feel like it's an important position, $4 million in taxes that need to be collected and kept track of," Berrier said. "I have had an income tax office for years, kept track of peoples finances."

Berrier said he has a master's degree in business administration from Philadelphia University.

"I would be available at my Valley Street office during off hours," he said, including on Saturdays.

The municipal election is on Tuesday.



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