Hundreds rush to beat foreclosure deadline
Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 06:56 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The lines started to form at the Kalamazoo County Treasurer’s office as time was ticking down.
Hundreds of property owners hustled to pay late taxes before the end of business Monday when they would be foreclosed on.
Zahra Lipman is a landlord and says late rent payments put her behind on taxes. "I guess I could say bad tenants and not being able and tons of other bills keep coming and income drastically went down," says Lipman.
Starting the day there were close to 400 property owners still not paid up. By late afternoon it had dropped to around 200, but that represents a million dollars in taxes to the county.
Treasurer Mary Balkema says after today there is no appeal. "If the check bounces then absolute title still rests in my name so it's kind of a shell game a little bit. We like people to pay very early in the process, set up payment plans but as you can see, some folks wait until the 11th hour," says Balkema.
And Balkema says these are taxes from 2010 so the county already gives plenty of time to pay. Plus, even today, the county identified dozens of property owners on the list who qualified for financial hardship government assistance.
At the close of business Monday the county foreclosed on a total of 223 properties.