Paxton, IL. (ECWd) –
By WILL BRUMLEVE
PAXTON — Ford County officials sent a third courtesy letter Friday to the company that owns the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm near Paxton, reminding the firm to pay the $679,908 it still owes in unpaid property taxes and accrued interest.
Ford County Treasurer Krisha Shoemaker said she sent Chicago-based E.On Climate & Renewables North America a “friendly reminder letter” in mid-November — the week after the Nov. 6 deadline had passed for payment of the second installment of taxes for 2019 — and then sent another courtesy letter a week later, this time via certified mail.
Friday’s letter, like the first two, reminded the company that it still owes payment of its second installment of $640,803 in taxes, with 1 1/2 percent interest charged each month left unpaid, Shoemaker said. The approximately $9,800 in monthly interest fees now total $39,105, Shoemaker said.
The letter also warned that if the taxes and interest remain unpaid as of Feb. 17, the 78 parcels for which taxes and interest are owed would be included in Ford County’s tax sale that same day, allowing other companies to obtain tax liens against those parcels, Shoemaker said.
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