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Farmington Tennis Club closes abruptly, county to take possession

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A sign outside the Farmington Tennis Club says "thanks for the memories." A sign outside the Farmington Tennis Club says "thanks for the memories."

Members of the Farmington Tennis Club are demanding an explanation.  Groups with planned tennis matches this week arrived to find locked doors, lights out, and a sign saying "thanks for the memories."

A sign on the door said the contents of the club were seized by the Oakland County Treasurer's Office.  Farmington Tennis Club never filed for bankruptcy, but for the last two years had fallen behind on its personal property tax, almost $6,000.

"Our Plan A is to work with the taxpayer to get them on a payment plan to resolve the delinquency, but under Plan B, and if they're not willing to cooperate, then we have some more serious measures like seizing the property and selling it at auction to make sure that the rest of the taxpayers don't get hit with the tab," said Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner.

He explained the confusing part is that Farmington Tennis Club never applied for a small business loan, tried to set up a payment plan or left any contact information.  They just seemed to disappear.  Now the county will have to enter by force.

"We will have a locksmith that will visit the property," Meisner explained.  "We need to take possession of it, and it's serious business.  It's a last ditch effort."

Farmington Tennis Club was open for more than three decades, and for  members now forced to appeal to the attorney general for refunds, somehow "thanks for the memories" just doesn't capture it.

The mayor of Farmington said the city is actively pursuing new ownership for the tennis club.

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