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Man feels cheated by Secretary of State

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A man is crying foul after a trip to the DMV.

He said the process he went through to get a new title for his motorcycle is nothing more than a scam to get more money.

"I feel it's more like extortion where I paid $300 for the bike and they're saying, 'no, that's not good enough. We want more money. We want taxes for $750 on it,'" Allen Hollobaugh said.

He said he bought his 1971 Yamaha motorcycle this weekend. The bike doesn't run so he only paid $300 for it. When it came time to pay taxes on the bike, the state taxed him the appraised price of $750.

"Went to the Secretary of State with the bill of sale. A family had for decades and lost the title so they said they would have to charge me an assessment fee," Hollobaugh said.

A representative for the Secretary of State said by law, the state must collect taxes on either the price of sale or the appraised value, whichever is higher.

In Hollobaugh's case, it meant coughing up an addition $27 in taxes.

He said it's not the price that's the problem, it's the principle of government taking more than it needs.

"I feel like it's ripping the people off in the state of Michigan. Targeting the poor, it's not right," Hollobaugh said.

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