Delinquent taxes, road funding talks top county meeting

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners met on Wednesday March 25 for its regular meeting to approve resolutions and discuss various business matters.

The highlights of the meeting included the treasurer’s delinquent tax report and discussion over county road funding.

Delinquent taxes

Charlevoix County Treasurer Marylin Cousineau reported the delinquent taxes to commissioners, she said there was an improvement since the past few years when it was $5 million in taxes compared to $3.5 million.

“We are getting some changes in delinquent tax laws,” said Cousineau. “We can no longer help anybody who has a non homestead, they are going to lose the property if they cannot pay the taxes.”

According to Cousineau, the state of Michigan does not allow help for people with a non-homestead, someone who hadn’t paid $200,000 in taxes wants to receive excess funds on the foreclosed home.

“If you don’t pay your taxes, you don’t get your money,” she said. “So there are so many people fighting against that. So I’m sure that that’s kind of been buried.”


Boyne City Clerk, Cindy Grice is interested in being reappointed to the jury board, the commissioners unanimously voted to grant her the reapplication.


• A motion to purchase the delinquent tax resolution was made by Charlevoix County Commissioner Ron Reinhardt (R-District 3) and passed with a unanimous vote.

• The state wants a copy of the resolution that the peer review group had correctly executed their surveys, a motion was carried to affirm that the job was correctly done.

• The proposal for the county future land use plan was passed with a unanimous vote.

• The board also passed the agreement for the NLEA services.

South Arm roadwork

South Arm Township sent a letter to the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners, the sheriff’s office and the road commission asking for surveys to be done on the roads in the township.

“I went to the township meeting, they talked about it, ‘When’s this road gonna be fixed?’ and I said, ‘Well, there’s a steering committee that’s out and give it to the road commission recommendation,” said Joel Evans, County Board Chairman (R-District 4)…. “They said, because it’s in our township, they are willing to help with some of the funds.”

Commissioners commented that the townships in the county will be fighting about which road should be surveyed and fixed first, but they agreed that the townships would give money to go toward roads.

“We all know that there are many roads that need to be fixed and I felt really good that our township is going to help with some finances with it,” Evans said.

Commissioner comments

• The Ironton Ferry is eligible for grants, they could apply for up to a $10,000 grant.

• Beaver island is looking into a transportation bus.

• Horton Bay lost half of their business district.

• Charlevoix County Commissioner Shirley Roloff (R-District 5) said she was impressed with the county millage.

• There is interest in starting a new plant between Charlevoix and Dixon.

• Smoking at beaches, laws are still being looked at being created, or commissioners suggested they just put up signs and hope citizens respect them.

• The commission on aging in East Jordan is having problems with their current building and looking to construct a new building near Grandvue.