GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Seventy-three Grand Rapids residents received two income tax refund checks from the city.
One of those 73 came forward to the city, alerting leaders to the problem.
“Honesty is still a strong trait here in Grand Rapids,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom said.
The city doesn’t yet know what caused the April 27 computer problem that led to double checks being mailed, Sunstrom said. It does know the glitch hasn’t happened again.
“The software provider and our staff are working on it right now,” Sundstrom said. “We’ve been checking it extra close since and we’ve not had it happen again.”
The checks averaged $20 each for a grand total of about $1,500.
Sundstrom said the checks went only to individuals, not corporations, and says the system that had the flaw is separate from other city accounts like payroll.
“If they’re one of the lucky 73, if they just contact our city income tax office, they can mail it to us, drop it off. We’ll somehow arrange to receive that check,” he said.
He said the city knows who received the extra cash, so those people wouldn’t be able to fly under the city’s radar and make off with its money.
“I don’t think you would run far with 20 bucks,” Sundstrom said.