City of Janesville files suit for personal property back taxes

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Gazette staff
Friday, July 18, 2014

JANESVILLE—The city is seeking more than $33,000 in personal property taxes it says a Janesville manufacturer owes.

The city filed suit June 30 against Fab-Tech, 1131 W. Enterprise Dr., a manufacturer of automotive seat components.

In it's complaint, the city says Fab-Tech owes personal property taxes of $14,464 for 2012 and $19,289 for 2013.

Personal property taxes are defined as all goods, wares, merchandise, chattels, and effects, of any nature or description, having any real or marketable value. It generally can include machinery, tools and patterns; furniture, fixtures and office equipment; leased equipment; multifunction fax machines, postage meters, copiers and phone systems.

Computer equipment and software is exempt, as is certain manufacturing equipment.

In addition to the back taxes, the city also is seeking nearly $3,500 in interest for a total of $37,178.

Representatives of city attorney's office declined to answer specific questions about the case. Online court records did not list an attorney for Fab-Tech.

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