There's more controversy surrounding the Madison County Treasurer's Office and the cost of a new tax sale to fix the botched sale from earlier this year. Prenzler's office failed to file the proper paperwork prior to the February county tax sale and that could cost taxpayers between $100,000 and $300,000, depending on who you believe.
The issue revolves around rules that are laid out in the Illinois Constitution, and $4.2 million in property tax debt. Prenzler's office apparently failed to obtain a constitutionally-mandated judgment from the Circuit Court prior to conducting the tax sale, an error that has rendered the entire sale invalid and impacting roughly 27-hundred taxpayers. He says there is a lot of confusion over the actual numbers.
As it stands now, the board is set to vote next week on approving a whole new sale, which Prenzler says would be conducted at the same time as the next sale in February. We were unable to reach County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan for comment.