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Charlotte, MI – June 3, 2013 – Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson, announced the completion of tax settlement with local units and the county on Monday, June 3. The resulting payments to local governments, school districts, and special assessment districts for delinquent real property taxes totaled more than $5.4 million, and will be mailed to local municipalities and taxing authorities by June 10.
State law requires local governments to collect property taxes until March 1 each year. After March 1, the county treasurer must “purchase” delinquent taxes from local governments within the county by paying the taxes owed so that the schools, local governments, libraries, and EATRAN can continue to operate. The ongoing collection of delinquent taxes then becomes the responsibility of the county treasurer. The dollar amount seems large, but reflects a downward trend in delinquent taxes. In 2009, delinquent taxes in Eaton County were more than $8.2 million.
“Special thanks to Deputy Treasurer, Tracey Gordeneer, and the treasurer’s office staff for their efforts in coordinating this year’s settlement,” said Robinson.
Funding the large payment is done through the successful management of the Delinquent Tax Revolving Fund (DTRF), established by the Eaton County Commissioners and administered by the treasurer. This allows local taxing units to get property tax revenues now rather than waiting until the delinquent taxes are paid. Full payment of delinquent taxes doesn’t usually happen for months, or in some cases even years. When taxpayers are unable to pay property taxes, the property, by law, is eventually subject to tax foreclosure.
“But we’re working hard every day in the treasurer’s office to help people keep their homes and continue operating their businesses,” said Treasurer Robinson. “Our website has information and listings for assistance programs that can help.”