From the Belleville News Democrat:
Tax buyers, politicians benefit from tax sales
By Brian Brueggemann and Mike Fitzgerald - News-Democrat
Business wasn’t very good for Virgil Straeter in 2006.
Straeter, an auctioneer, landlord and seller of steel buildings in the Highland area, says he didn’t always get paid on time, leading to a cash-flow problem. When it came time to pay almost $12,000 in property taxes on four parcels, he didn’t pay it.