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East Windsor homeowners sued over back taxes

EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

Homeowners from East Windsor told Eyewitness News they are getting sued over back taxes on land that they don't own.

Last week, town officials had these notices delivered to the homes of 16 families on South Road

The notice stated they are being sued because the company that they lease their land from, Creative Housing, owes back taxes.

"Where is all the money we have been paying going to," said Kathy Elliot, who added she did not want to move.

Tom Holman told Eyewitness News he suspected something was wrong when a plastic bag was placed over the fire hydrant.

"We made a few phone calls found out it was still operable, but the water bill hadn't been paid," he said.

East Windsor First Selectwoman Denise Menard said the town reached out to Creative Housing.

"We have a whole process," she said. "We have to contact the people, but if they don't reply there's nothing we can do."

Menard said she does not know exactly how much is owed by the company because the tax collector is currently on vacation.

However, the company hasn't paid in a couple of years.

The homeowners on South Road own their houses, but they lease the land. 

Town officials told Eyewitness News that Creative Housing was a non-profit and didn't have to pay taxes.

However, town officials said they believe the company may have lost it's tax exempt status.

State tax records show Creative Housing owns a building on Chestnut Street in Hartford.

However, a man who lives there told Eyewitness News, there is not such company and this has been a men's rooming house for years.

Residents told Eyewitness News that Mesha Kriesberg is the executive director for Creative Services.

"She told me the land was in a trust and I said you basically run the trust," said Jennifer Hennessy of East Windsor. "And she said I don't run it, the trust runs itself."

When Eyewitness News visited Kriesberg's home, people there said she was not home. However, a friend of Kriesberg's called Eyewitness News to tell the station that she is trying to take care of things for the residents of South Road.

"I am happy. I am out of housing and have home for my children," Hennessy said. "But to go through this hassle and the risk of losing our home, it's saddening."

Menard told Eyewitness News she would have some more answers as soon as the tax collector returns and added the town will do what it can to keep anyone from losing their home.

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