Tax delinquency

Sixteen municipalities in Ottawa County wiped about $100,000 in overdue personal property taxes off the books in a joint venture approved recently by the 20th Circuit Court.
Becky Vargo
Jul 7, 2012


That much money will still have minimal impact on any one township or city’s budget, Ottawa County Treasurer Bradley Slagh said.

Grand Haven released $326 from its books — “a fairly small amount compared to the total tax dollars,” Slagh said. By doing this operation as a joint venture, “we probably saved the city of Grand Haven $1,000 in attorney fees by them not having to file it,” he added.

The taxes being struck amount to everything from a couple of dollars to a few thousand dollars, the county treasurer said. These are personal property taxes from the years 2005 and 2006, and can be from an individual or a business.

Slagh said the municipalities have five years to try to recoup the tax money before they can approach the court with a request to have it removed from the books.

“It has to be something we can’t find, we can’t collect,” Spring Lake Township Treasurer Jim Koster said. “It just doesn’t go away. ... In the courtroom, you need to say that you have tried every avenue to collect."

In Grand Haven Township, a $20.25 tax bill owed by C&D Construction of Michigan was eliminated. On the high end, a $2,517.29 bill was excused for Haworth Homes of Rockford, which went out of business, Slagh said.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




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