101-year-old Holland woman’s family fights for her property tax credit for 5th year straight

Posted at 6:54 PM, Jul 09, 2015

HOLLAND, Mich. -- Frank Roosa said this is the 5th year in a row that the state treasury department has given his 101-year-old mother-in-law a hard time when it comes to giving her the homestead property tax credit she qualifies for.

Frank and Valerie Roosa have power of attorney and said Winifred Biles, of Holland, needs the money to pay her summer property taxes.

Biles just celebrated her 101st birthday in June. She moved to the United States from the United Kingdom in 1993. Since then, she's depended on the homestead property tax credit and expects to receive about $1,100 dollars. She's lived in the same home since moving to West Michigan.

Roosa said Biles only income is about $9,000 per year. That's Social Security from the UK, not the U.S.

The family reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers for help. I called the state treasury department and then emailed the family's information to get the ball rolling towards a solution.

We'll let you know how this turns out.

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