I would like to thank the Tri-City Times for printing my letter last week regarding Alex Lengemann's advertisement. Based upon the response I have received, the paper has an active and informed readership. I appreciate that you were able to dedicate a large portion of your editorial page to this important and complex issue.
I would like to clarify a few points, however. The first is that I did not realize that Mr. Lengemann's article is not a general information column. It is a paid advertisement. With the financial realities of limited column space, it is difficult to deal with all the aspects of a process as diverse as property valuation and taxation. And the goals of advertising and editorial writing are different. While I was trying to avert calls to local municipalities and boards of review from confused residents whose decreasing assessments did not result in decreasing taxes, Mr. Lengemann would welcome any calls and planned to explain the situation to whose who contacted him.
Secondly, I do not want anyone to get the impression that I believe Mr. Lengemann was attempting to do anything illegal. I am sorry if that was the impression and if my letter harmed Mr. Lenge-mann's reputation or business. That was not my intent. While I do not know Alex Lengemann, I have known his father for years. I do not believe that John Lengemann would raise a son who engaged in questionable business practices.
While I do believe that some of the information in the article was confusing, I don't think it was an attempt to deliberately mislead. And, it has produced an informed discussion on a subject very important to all of us—property valuation and taxation.
Again, I thank the Tri-City Times for furthering this discussion. If anyone has questions about their property, please feel free to contact either their local township or city or the County Treasurer's office.
Sally W. Eilersen, Treasurer, Lapeer County
January 23, 2008