Oh course they're NOT shaking down senior citizens, but with this bank account takeover there is PERCEPTION and there is REALITY and right now the powers that be in Pittsfield Township are facing PERCEPTION of taking over a senior citizen group's finances, even with the legal-ese over the private tax ID number snafu.
The senior citizen group, Pittsfield Seniors, have three bank accounts plus six certificates of deposit totaling roughly $219,000. Township Treasurer Christina Lirones claims she was 'legally obligated' to take over the money. According to the Ann Arbor News "The tax identification number is something issued to all employers by the Internal Revenue Service for purposes such as tracking Social Security withholding tax." Pittsfield Township thought the seniors had their own tax ID. They had a Pittsfield Township tax ID.
Pittsfield Township can talk until they are blue in the mouth, the perception is they took a lot of money from a senior citizen group. Senior citizens vote. Senior citizens also realize this is an election year.
Christina Lirones, you're in quite a pickle, and that's reality, not perception...