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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

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LAWYER FROM THE FLOOD ZONE

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There was a president with a law degree who one time tried to debate the definition of "is." Lawyers can get pretty creative.

You've seen the video of the houses on Lake Delton cracking in half and spilling into the water. You've heard from the families who've lost everything. Maybe you've even shared their pain with a little flood damage of your own.

Here's insult to injury. Village officials in Lake Delton are meeting with those former home owners, telling them they still owe property taxes for 2008.

Hmmm. That's interesting. How can you pay property tax on property that no longer exists.

Here's the lawyer for the village, Richard Cross:

"State law is that properties are evaluated as of January first, and the assessors require you to pay that price for the year."

Our Heather Shannon reminded the attorney that in at least one case, the property in question is completely washed away..

HEATHER: "But for the Fromms, their land isn't there anymore." RICHARD: "Legally it is."

What?

Legally it is? You bet guy. Way to own it.

It's either there or it's not... and it's not. Hope you folks in Lake Delton eventually do the right thing. Also, if I ever need a lawyer, I'm calling that dude. Legally it is? Nice.

emails: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

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