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Township Reports More Than $400K in Uncollected Taxes

Collection rate remains stable, township administrator says

As of Dec. 31, 2011, Lacey Township had $488,918.03 in outstanding taxes.

“Does it mean that we’re bad? No,” Township Administrator Veronica Laureigh said. “More than 99 percent is collected. Our collection rate still remains very stable.”

Uncollected taxes range anywhere from just more than $1 to more than $20,000 for a single property or multiple properties.

The property owner with the most in uncollected taxes is Edrich Corporation located at 701 S. Main St. The company owes $24,268.61.

Taxpayers may decide not to pay their taxes for a variety of reasons, Laureigh said. But the shortfall is accounted for in the budget each year under the Reserve for Uncollected Taxes.

Interest accrues daily on uncollected taxes and if the number exceeds $10,000, there is a 6 percent penalty, Sharon Sulecki of the Tax Collectors Office said.

Some taxpayers have an escrow account for taxes with mortgage companies. In many cases, those mortgage companies failed to pay the taxes for “some reason,” Sulecki said. There could have been a default, the home is foreclosed or there was a breach in the escrow agreement.

Once uncollected taxes are accounted for the properties are put on the lien sale on Friday, Feb. 3, Laureigh said.

The property is auctioned off at a specific rate of interest, starting at 18 percent, Sulecki said. Lien holders bid down to zero or a premium.

“A lien is essentially a mortgage,” she said. “Someone is lending you the money to pay the taxes on your property.”

If no one bids on the property, the lien goes to the township, she said. If someone bids, they get that rate of interest for two years before they can proceed with a foreclosure.

The municipality is able to start a foreclosure six months after the date of the sale as long as some part of the property is 21 months delinquent, Sulecki said.

Below is a list of the top 10 taxpayers who have failed to pay their taxes organized by owner name, property location and principal due:

  1. Edrich Corp., South Main Street, owes the most taxes for a single property at $24,268.61.
  2. Parker Associates, Inc. owns 14 pieces of property in Lacey totaling $21,343.23.
  3. Harbor Equities, LLC C/O Eastport, for three properties in Lacey totaling $14,754.65.
  4. Jennifer Cavalier, owns 11 properties in Lacey totaling $12,436.39.
  5. Walter Holm and Northeast Passage Inc., owner of 12 properties in Lacey totaling $10,395.17.
  6. David C. Smith, Joan G. and Gale W. Jr., Paradise Point Way, $9,788.72.
  7. Robert S. Fay and Sharon W., Wells Mills Road, $9,582.71.
  8. Corelogic for ten properties in Lacey at a total of $9,402.92.
  9. Bank of America for six homes in Lacey totaling $7,887.03.
  10. Anthony J. Griffin III, Skimmer Court, for a total of $7,572.
Tim O'Connor January 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I understand Mr. Parker is mad at the town and thinks the town can wait for it's money. But here is Mr. Quinn who is going to be running for re-election to the town council number three on the list. Right behind Mr. Parker! Then fourth on the list is the Cavaliers who works for the Township with no bid emergency repairs and snow plowing. The good people of Lacey voted for the status quo and this is what that means!
Tim O'Connor January 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM
For those who might wonder, Edrich Corp is the Shark Fin Inn.
jim croce January 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Haha, its the Whos Who of Lacey, All big shots that act like they are millionaires, What a Joke.
Grime January 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM
YUP TIM, THIS IS HOW THE DISCUSTING THIS TOWN COUNCEL OPERATES!!! MOST OF THE PEOPLE ON THIS LIST ARE A PART OF THE NETWORK!!!! THEY ALL PROTECT EACH OTHER,HARBOR EQUITIES IS QUINN & QUINNS IN BED WITH CAVALIER! I THINK IM GONNA THROW UP!!!!!!!!!!
Brian Holt January 11, 2012 at 05:05 AM
It is all Bush's fault
GB Shore January 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Yes...very interesting the names near the top. I am sure Gary will say it is not him etc....we all know how the LLC shell game works. At least Parker doesn't hide it...but that just comes becasue of his stupidity and arrogance. Next township meeting should be interesting. If we have a township attorney, why are we not using him to push the issue in terms of getting taxes paid?
MyOhMy January 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I like Jim Croce's comment the best...lol, trudat!!!! I did hear a rumor that the Shark Finn was closing....may not be a rumor after all.
GB Shore January 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
o.k. so someone has removed posts...nothing bad was posted...so much for free speech...let's try this again and see what happens...
Grime January 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
There should be a new twp ordinence,YOU CAN NOT RUN FOR TOWN COUNCEL UNLESS YOUR TOWN TAXES CURRENT!!!!! SOMEONE WHO CANT MANADGE THERE OWN MONEY IN A RESPONSIBLE MANNER,SHOULD NOT BE MANADGING THE TOWNSHIPS MONEY!!!!!! RIGHT MAYOR QUINN!?
the Tax man is coming January 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
step down Quinn get off the OCUA Porker remember what you did to Bishoff? Hypocrites dont forget Happy "forgot" to pay his taxes as well
phil January 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
You're right on first 4 counts. Had forgotten about Bishoff. I guess what's good for the goose doesn't apply here. Don't know who or what Happy is.
demnetia January 12, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Gilmore
Grime January 12, 2012 at 01:02 AM
To answer your question,its simple,there all in bed with each other! FOLLOW THE MONEY!
Grime January 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Take it to the ballot box in november!
JOHNNY Done it January 12, 2012 at 04:23 AM
May be gilmore is going to pay parkers Taxes Yea wishful thinking Start putting tax sales on his properties just like everyone else ..including the shark fin inn
JOHNNY Done it January 12, 2012 at 04:26 AM
AT the Forked river diner........along with the rest of the brown nosers
Jim jones January 12, 2012 at 06:03 PM
So whats that mean for anyone who works for these delinquint business es???
Grime January 13, 2012 at 04:32 AM
While wear on this topic,I wonder if the NETWORKS realastate assesments are even acurate.......Were gonna have to check that out......
Charly Batch January 13, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Grime, you know they all get assessed lower than we do!! And still dont pay, look at Waretown some of the big players properties were NEVER on the tax log???? Yes I said Never!!! SOS every towns has corrupt politics and can you please use a little spell check? Good topics but Painful to read...
Grime January 13, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Charly,I get so earatated at our local currupt government,that it currupts my spelling...
LT Guy January 15, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Hey Grime, I thought they were taking it to the ballot box last November, but we see the results. Still can't figure what happened there, so why do you think this November will be any different? People are being robbed blind by these clowns and they still haven't woken up that it has nothing to do with political party. That's what the theives use to drug the public.
Grime January 15, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Mabie Gilmore being the head of the Elections Commity might have somthing to do with it???As a native small buisness owner in this town,my job is to clear the smoke screens from the average voters vision,and inform them of what really gos on in this currupt town..Its gonna take time,one by one residents are waking up....This november will be very interesting,mark my words.......
Tim O'Connor January 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The November 2012 campaign has already begun! Or should we say never stopped. The good people of Lacey is like the sleeping giant waking up. Last year in November, the election was about the puppet. This next November is about the puppet master. We do not need or want one person running everything, especially if he does not pay his taxes.
LT Guy January 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I hope you are right, Grime. All I know is that our "friend" Gilmore would have been out a minimum of $160K last year if things went right and we kicked his sorry butt out of Lacey. Seems like quite an incentive to intervene, doesn't it? Let's hope the people wake up this year!
GB Shore January 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The problem is there are not a lot of qualified people around. The ones that are, have jobs and unfortunately, are not in a position to dedicate the time necessary and required to serve on the TC . So, that leaves it to locals who either have their own business or are retired or are the rare breed that has a real, full time job that can pull it off. Gary Vaccaro was a GREAT alternative to Most but as we saw, people still are not willing to open their eyes....
Jim jones January 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Good answer

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