Kalamazoo Township supervisor hasn't paid property taxes since 2007; but Terri Mellinger pledges to catch up
KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP — A Kalamazoo Township home belonging to the township supervisor and her husband could be one of hundreds that become property of Kalamazoo County by the end of March.At least she was up front about it...
Terri Mellinger’s property in the Westwood neighborhood is among more than 850 properties that owe 2008 property taxes and will be foreclosed on by the county treasurer after March 31. A list of all the properties owing 2008 property taxes was published in the Kalamazoo Gazette this month.
But Mellinger, who was elected Kalamazoo Township supervisor in 2008 and makes about $72,000 a year, said she has every intention of paying the back taxes, which with fees and interest totals $5,426.07 for 2008.
She said she’s informed several township officials about the delinquent taxes. She also informed the Kalamazoo County Democratic Party when she filed to run for township supervisor.Did she inform the voters?
“It's not something that I've hidden,” she said.
Commenter 'kzooresident' points out some relevant facts.
Please keep in mind that this is the same lady that had the township illegally collect a millage renewal that it was not supposed to. When I confronted her on the legality of collecting the taxes (that had expired and were not renewed when the collected), her response was simple...."go ahead and sue us for it....we've already spent the money, and there's no way we can pay everyone back. Sorry for the problem".Mellinger was the handpicked candidate of the local democrat party in 2008.
Wow what a statement and example of leadership. Amazing how politicians and bureaucrats have no problem collecting YOUR money, but when it comes to them they always feel that they are above the law. Seriously blaming this on the mortgage provider? Are you kidding me? Trust me the one thing mortgage servicers do is pay the taxes/insurance. They have to. I'm not buying that for one second.
I for one hope that she loses her house because of this. Kharma is a bitch, and it always comes back to bite you.
And Mellinger said she hopes her constituency — some of whom may be struggling with job loss, home foreclosure, mounting medical bills — will be understanding.Mellinger should read Matthew 18.