Thursday, March 22, 2018

Refunds approved for more than 1,000

Approximately 1,650 Stillwater County residents who were erroneously over-charged Soil & Conservation District taxes will be receiving refunds totaling $28,000.
An audit of the Stillwater County Treasurer’s Office uncovered the over-charging problem that occurred during the fiscal year 2013-2014.
The majority of over-charges range in the $5 to $10 ballpark. Once the problem was discovered, the county then set to work to track down out what had happened and who was affected.
“It’s been a complicated process to figure out who over-paid,” said Treasurer Jerry Friend at the regularly held county commission meeting Tuesday morning.
Friend had submitted a letter to the commissioners requesting approval to proceed with refunding that money. That request was approved Tuesday.
Friend, who took office this past January, said that all the refund checks would be sent out at the same time. Over-charges of $5 or less will not be refunded and no interest will be paid, at the direction of the Stillwater County Attorney, said Friend.
There are between 8,000 and 9,000 people in the Soil & Conservation District.
Commissioner Gerald Dell said the problem was odd as one resident was over-charged but his neighbor was not. Friend said one example of an over-charge is a resident who owed 18 cents but was charged $180.
“How this happened - we’re not real sure,” said Dell.