Township joins energy lawsuit, discusses milfoil assessment

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

ECHO TOWNSHIP – With a unanimous vote, Echo Township became the 11th and final Antrim County township to join a lawsuit challenging an energy company’s efforts to have property tax valuations lowered on 63 properties throughout the county.

The lawsuit, being filed by top-rated Bloomfield Hills tax attorney Laura Hallahan on behalf of Banks, Central Lake, Echo, Chestonia, Forest Home, Kearney, Helena, Jordan, Custer, Mancelona, and Warner townships – as well as all 15 of Montmorency County’s townships – will attempt to halt an effort by Riverside Energy, of Houston, Texas, which is asking the State Tax Tribunal for reductions of up to two-thirds of the original tax assessments on the property parcels in question. According to Antrim County Treasurer Sherry Comben, those reductions, if approved, would also result in reduced tax funding for Antrim County and two of the county’s largest school districts.

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