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Patterson Statement on Friday's Oakland County Circuit Court Tax Ruling Affecting Pontiac School District Residents

Public Date: 6/21/2013 3:05 PM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communication Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

​Waterford, Michigan -- The following is a statement from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson issued today regarding the ruling of Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson involving the payment schedule for a recently reached civil judgment. The judge granted a motion today from the county that permits payment of a tax bill of approximately $8 million over 10 years rather than one year to the Michigan Education Special Services Association (MESSA).

"We chose the side of the taxpayer in the lawsuit," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said Friday. "What MESSA and the Pontiac School Board conspired to do was an outrage. It was a laydown lawsuit. MESSA sued the school board, which didn't resist. The remedy they reached was to have the taxpayers pay, and they couldn't defend themselves.

"Judge Anderson recognized the burden this imposed on the taxpayers in the Pontiac School District and found an equitable solution – spread the payments out over 10 years. Thank you Auburn Hills and Attorney General Bill Schuette for coming down from Lansing to help with this case."