Funds returned from a property sale to recoup unpaid rates have been sent to the Supreme Court.
The Meander Valley Council has sent the $105,000 to the court after the funds were returned in cash.
The house was auctioned in September 2017, the council took the money owing and the cost of legal fees, and then returned the rest of the funds to the former owners.
However, earlier this year the former owners – the Beerepoot family – returned the proceeds of the house sale in cash to the Meander Valley Council because the money was “owned by God”.
When the new owners of the property – the Styles – heard the funds had been returned they asked the council for $50,000 to fix alleged damages.
The council’s general manager Martin Gill said the funds were sent to the Supreme Court under section 48 of the Trustee Act 1898.
“We have advised the Styles that we have done this,” Mr Gill said.
“The Supreme Court will consider any claim for money the Styles may make.”
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