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Oneida tribe claims it overpaid $1M in property taxes on low-income properties


ONEIDA, WI (WTAQ) - The Oneida Tribe of Indians claims it overpaid more than one million dollars in property taxes for around 90 residential properties for low-income tribal members throughout Brown County. 

The tribe claims it was also giving the city of Green Bay payments in lieu of taxes totaling $400,000 since 1989 on the same properties. 

Closed doors talks have been happening since the beginning of the year when the double-payment issue came to light after the tribe’s housing authority was reorganized. 

The tribe is not pursuing a refund, but wants both the city and county to agree to make the properties tax-exempt from now on.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that if the properties are taken off the tax rolls, it would mean a loss of $173,000 every year. 

The paper reports that city leaders say the issue could end up being fought in the courts.