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Despite payment, county says woman paying her taxes past deadline 'unfair' to others

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

"Just because you can move forward with a lawsuit doesn't mean you should," said attorney Philip Ellison.

But that's exactly what Tuscola County plans to do.  Ellison represents Jennifer Dupuis.

"I just want to save my home," Dupuis said.

Dupuis failed to pay her property taxes for four year. The county threatened to take her home, and Dupuis came up with the cash.

"I would ask Treasurer [Pat] Donovan, you know, show this woman some compassion let her keep her house," Ellison said.

TV5 reached out to Tuscola County Treasurer Pat Donovan to ask the tough questions.

"I don't want her home," Donovan said.

Donovan said this is standard protocol when a property owner fails to pay by the deadline. And she said the county tried to work with Dupuis years earlier

"She came in two years ago and asked for an extension on her taxes which we gave her. She never made one payment," Donovan said.

Donovan said despite Dupuis finally paying what she owed, the county feels it still needs to hold her accountable.

"It's not fair to other people in the county and in the state if this woman gets extra time to pay her taxes and other people don't," Donovan said.

But Ellison said the county isn't being fair to other property owners by spending unnecessary taxpayer dollars in legal fees trying to prove its point.

"This is a bad use of resources we need money to fix our roads, our parks to keep the lights on," Ellison said. "Why is the county spending this kind of money to force someone out of their house who has already paid up?"

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