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Tax bill problems

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

My wife and I closed on a condo in McHenry in February.

We never received a tax bill, and then received a letter from Treasurer William LeFew’s office on Sept. 27, threatening to sell our property, which we paid for in cash.

When I called Mr. LeFew’s office and informed them that I never received a tax bill, the office informed me that the tax bills went out in May and I was responsible to pay the tax bill, which was no problem (even though I never received it). But I was assessed interest costs of $80.28 and costs of $10.

I was informed that the problem in the delay was between the assessor and the treasurer’s office – really; three months and they cannot communicate?

While I was paying my tax bill and the fees, three other people at the treasurer’s office had the identical problem.

How can LeFew send me a letter on my “delinquent taxes, interests, and costs,” when he had more than three months to send me my tax bill and never did? How many others have been lanced by LeFew’s office? I realize his part-time job is treasurer, and his full-time job is insurance, but with modern technology, one would think he could coordinate billing with the assessor.

What does the office do with his interest and fee windfall? Someone needs to investigate.

Ron Erdmann

Spring Grove

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