Holyoke Cracks Down on Tax Evasion, Seizes $1.2 Million Text Size

Holyoke has recently intensified efforts to enforce municipal tax codes, hiring outside counsel to assist in the collection of delinquent taxes, fees and charges from 30 property owners. Through this initiative, the city collected about as much as the last four years combined, totaling $1,208,499 in revenue. Fees from the outside council were paid separately by the tax-delinquent property owners, so the city did not lose money by hiring the assistance.

Holyoke hired Siddall & Siddall of Springfield to assist the Solicitor’s Office in the process. The money recouped from the process will supplement the current budget, allowing for a greater range of services to the community without cost to regular taxpayers. To supplement the money directly collected from delinquent taxpayers, Mayor Alex Morse launched a public auction of properties seized from tax evaders for the first time in almost forty years, raising $144,750.

“At a time with such financial restraints within the city budget, it’s important that we do everything we can to collect these funds before asking those taxpayers that pay on time to increase their burden,” said City Treasurer Jon D. Lumbra.

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Posted on August 15, 2013 by