Local tax delinquency drops

The lower amount of personal property taxes being stricken from the tax rolls this year could be indicative of a change — for the better — in the economy, Ottawa County Treasurer Brad Slagh said.
Becky Vargo
Apr 26, 2014

Treasurers from 16 governmental units in Ottawa County will be asking for a total of $59,342.65 in delinquent taxes to be forgiven when a hearing on the petition is held in May.

The total delinquent taxes stricken from the books for the 16 units participating in 2013 was $146,043.84, the county treasurer said.

Personal property are the movable items inside a building, Slagh said.

“For instance, if you have an excavating business, your personal property could be the loaders and all the stuff like that,” he said. “In a factory, it would be the equipment.”

The taxes must be delinquent for a period of five years before they can be removed from the tax rolls, Slagh said. It is up to the governmental units to decide if they will be participating from year to year.

Treasurers or financial personnel from each municipality will appear before a judge at the hearing to explain why the taxes are not collectible, the county treasurer said.

“It could be because a company went out of business years ago,” Slagh explained. “Typically, when business is getting better, there isn’t as much that isn’t collectible.”

A significant portion of the 2014 amount comes from Zeeland Township, which is asking for $30,263.86 to be taken off the rolls. A tax bill of $11,522.74 for Ny-Ko of Hudsonville contributes to that total.

Spring Lake Township is requesting a tax strike of $2,668.90, with the biggest chunk of that attributed to Fountain Tool of Grand Rapids at $1,678.92.

Grand Haven Township is asking to remove $776.58, while the City of Grand Haven is requesting the removal of $426.70 in taxes. Robinson Township is working to get $473.98 off the books.

Spring Lake Village, Ferrysburg and Crockery Township are not participating in this year’s petition.

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