County sues city for unpaid taxes
In gentle arguments, laid out between assurances of continued friendship, the county is suing the city over tax payments.
The county wants $1.2 million in unpaid property taxes. The city wants to hand over that money — but not until it actually succeeds in collecting it from the property owners who are supposed to pay it.
A full article on the suit is available HERE.
County officials filed a lawsuit this week demanding either the money or the authority to collect it directly from city property owners.
In a written statement, county officials said the city must provide one or the other. The complete statement is available below.
“Simply put, the city must take the bitter with the sweet — the bitter granting to [the] county equal tax collection status if it wants the sweet — to discontinue making the county whole,” the statement said.
The county’s written statement included more than a page of praise for county-city initiatives, as well as repeated emphasis on the value of the county-city partnership. Only on page two did it begin to address the tax dispute.
Mayor Gary McCarthy took a similar tack, downplaying the lawsuit.
“There’s a difference of opinion here,” he said.
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