SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield is owed all this money, but they can’t gettheir hands on it.
With local aid slashed to cities and towns, city halls acrossthe Commonwealth have been forced to make some difficult cuts.
Those cuts could be less painful, if the businesses andhomeowners stayed on top of their taxes.
Here's a breakdown on how much money Springfield is trying tocollect: $29 million in real estate taxes, another $10 million inpersonal property taxes, and $6 million in excise taxes. It seemslike a lot, but the city's Treasurer says their rate of collectionis actually high.
Bokul Bhuiya, Springfield Treasurer, said, "The rate has goneup, if you look at the last four years. Personal property taxeshave gone up to 98 percent, which is extraordinary."
One Springfield resident, who was at city hall Thursday, paidhis 2009 property taxes. He had to write a check for $20,000. Hepaid $1,200 in penalties and fees.
Fitzroy Brown says it's unfortunate he has to pay extra for hisdelinquent bills, but if you don't have the money, you can't paycity hall. "I can't talk for anyone but the money and comes andgoes so when you do get it that is when you can pay it," saidBrown.