Warren City Council grilled a local non-profit agency Tuesday over questionable businesses practices and back taxes.
Sunshine of Warren-Trumbull Area, Inc. owes the county $188,000 dollars in delinquent property taxes and fees on some of its 235 single-family houses in and around the Warren area.
Sunshine’s Executive Director Anthony Iannuci met with Warren City Council’s Health & Welfare Committee. Iannucii was faced with a number of questions about where the money went and where the money for the overdue taxes and fees will come from.
“We have so many vacant properties that we’re paying the mortgages on, we’re paying the insurance on, we’re paying maintenance on, we’re cutting the grass, so those ones that are vacant and unproductive is bringing down the rest of them that are paying,” said Iannucci.
Iannucci said last week he paid taxes on three of the houses under land contract and is working with the Trumbull County auditor and treasurer on a payment plan to cover the rest of the delinquent taxes and fees.
“We have citizens who are in good faith buying properties from Sunshine and paying their taxes, along with their rent, and we wanted to make sure that those people are safe should the county go forward with the foreclosure on sunshine,” said Helen Rucker, Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee.