Sylvan Township Treasurer Fails to Pay Taxes

By Mary Hall

During the August 14, 2018 Sylvan Township board meeting, it was revealed through a presentation by auditors that a bit more than $492,000 worth of property taxes were left unpaid at the end of the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Auditor John Pfeffer, of Pfeffer, Haniford & Palka, PC. spoke to those in attendance about the findings that occurred after the township hired the firm to audit its books.  “Ideally” he stated, “the funds should sit in the account no more than 15 days, and the balance thereafter should be no more than one dollar.”

Treasurer Rod Branham took full responsibility for the oversight, explaining that he was taking on too many duties on his own and not delegating enough.

To correct the problem, John Pfeffer and his firm must report the finding to the State of Michigan. The State of Michigan will then contact Sylvan Township and request a plan of action as to how they are going to fix the issue, now and in the future.  The township will then reply with their plan. As far as Pfeffer and Supervisor McKernan know, there will be no penalties assessed because of this oversight.

Branham’s final words on the subject were that he does plan to delegate more, using his deputy a lot more going forward.  If there is a problem, they will stop right there and then and find out what it is until it is fixed.  He also added that so far, this fiscal year, everything “has come out to the penny.”

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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