Commissioners Question if Treasurer Helped People Avoid Paying Taxes

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Shawnee County Commissioners say they'll take Treasurer Larry Wilson at his word when he says he's not helping people avoid paying property taxes.

The County Counselor's office told Commissioners that Wilson asked for clarification of a law that says people who owe property tax cannot get their motor vehicle tags until the tax is paid up. At issue is whether simply filing a grievance over the owed taxes satisfied the law. Signs that have hung in the Treasurer's office since before Wilson took office seem to suggest that it would.

However, County Counselor Rich Eckert told commissioners and Wilson that filing a grievance would not be enough to qualify someone to get their vehicle tags.

Wilson told commissioners Monday that while his staff has helped people obtain the paperwork and information on how to file a grievance, he has not allowed anyone to get their vehicle tags without paying their taxes.

Commissioner Vic Miller says he is confused as to why Wilson would ask for the clarification if his office wasn't concerned people were taking advantage of a loophole in the law. However, Miller says he will take Wilson at his word because he has no evidence to the contrary.

Wilson said he, like the commissioners, is there to protect the interests of taxpayers, and he says he takes that responsibility to heart.

Wilson took down the signs referring to filing a grievance Monday. He says he'll instruct all staff on how to handle cases where property tax is owed.

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