LIMA — A dollar sign and a signature.
That’s all Nick Kinstle said is keeping him from paying the taxes on his properties at 3320 and 3340 Swaney Road in Jackson Township.
He asked Allen County commissioners Wednesday to order Treasurer Jim Link to issue a signed bill with dollar signs before the amount due.
“Without the dollar sign it’s just numbers,” he said.
Kinstle has liens on his property totaling $107,918, including back taxes, according to sheriff records. Link said Kinstle has been delinquent on property taxes for more than 10 years.
Commissioner Sam Bassitt said that Link is an elected official who doesn’t answer to the commissioners.
Link said a signature and dollar sign wouldn’t change anything.
“That would not solve the problem,” Link said. “The next argument he may make is our font is too large or too small”
He added that Smart Bill, who process the bills mailed to residents, does put a dollar sign on the bills it sends.
Kinstle said he has never received a bill in the mail.
Former treasurer and current auditor, Rhonda Eddy-Stienecker, said Kinstle went out of his way to not receive the bills.
“He claims he doesn’t get his tax bills, but he changes his name a lot,” she said. “He would change his address to different P.O. boxes.
“He doesn’t want to pay his taxes. He’s gotten away with it and used the court system to do it,” Eddy-Stienecker added.
“This is Mr. Kinstle’s effort to deflect attention from the fact that he has not paid his taxes.”
The county has taken possession of the property and is trying to sell it. Kinstle said the county stole his land and he wants it back.
Kinstle said he has a $100 million lien on the property and he wants someone to satisfy that lien.
“Good luck,” Bassitt said.
When asked why he didn’t just find a way to pay his taxes, as most other county residents have, Kinstle said he was following federal law and standing up for the United States of America.
Bassitt asked Kinstle if he has paid all his taxes. Kinstle said he had paid all for which he was properly billed.
“You need to pay your taxes and move on with life,” Bassitt said.
The commissioners told Kinstle he needed to speak with prosecutor Juergen Waldick. Kinstle said Waldick “doesn’t want to talk to me because he stole my property before.”
At one point during the meeting, Sheriff Sam Crish told Kinstle he needed to settle down.
Kinstle’s brother, Dan Kinstle, said they just talk loud because they’ve worked on noisy equipment for 30 years.
Nick Kinstle accused Crish and his office of illegal acts in taking his property and wanted to know where items from his home had been taken. Crish would not discuss the issue in the public meeting, but invited Kinstle to meet with him privately.
In March, Kinstle was sentenced to 90 days in jail for resisting arrest. In February he refused to leave a home where he was with a friend who was illegally staying inside the home. Sheriff’s deputies had a court order to remove anyone illegally in the home.
At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, Kinstle told commissioners that since they were not going to help solve his problems, his only option is to take the county to court.
“Do what you have to do,” Bassitt said.