Seneca Twp. tax bills are incorrect 12.04.08

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township residents might not want to hurry to pay their winter tax bill this year, because the statements are not correct.

The deadline for payment isn’t until Feb. 17, said township supervisor Kiel Plummer, but he doesn’t know when the new bills will be printed by the county.

There are two problems with the tax statements, he said.

The first relates to the road and bridge maintenance levy passed by voters in the August primary election.

There’s a question about how the ballot language was perceived, Plummer said, and that could make a difference in the funds the township receives.

The state’s Headlee Amendment limits the actual taxes levied. Because the state considered the levy a renewal, the township would receive only 1.9220 mills instead of the 2.0 mills.

The problem, Plummer said, resulted from an ambiguous statement made by the attorney general’s office.

The county prosecutor and the township attorney are working on a resolution of the issue.

“How soon it will be straightened out, I don’t know,” Plummer said. “Whether or not the road and bridge issue is resolved in our favor, the ALS assessment has increased.”

That’s the second problem with the tax statement. Seneca joined Morenci and Medina Township in approving an increase in the ALS assessment, but the tax bill lists the old fee of $75 instead of the new fee of $82.50.

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