Saugatuck city debates anonymous tax requests
SAUGATUCK—An exchange of emails last week between an anonymous tax information seeker, Saugatuck city officials and new council member Wendy Wise Fisher underscores Fisher’s efforts—shrill to some ears, welcome by others—to shake up how things are done.
A March 6 inquiry from “Pay Fairly” (email firstname.lastname@example.org) to council and city manager Kirk Harrier asked if some properties having 100-percent homestead exemptions may in fact not be eligible for these tax breaks.
Examples, the writer said, would be parcels with the same name on two separate properties. Others might have mailing addresses that are out of state, foreign or in state but different from their local address.
“I am by no means a tax expert,” said the email, “and understand the data online may not be current or accurate, but there would seem to be some elevated probability that the 100-percent exemption rate might be incorrect and could warrant a deeper investigation by the city.
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