Officials exhaust steps for getting back taxes

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Owing taxes, but out of business

The 10 Mesa County businesses that owe the most in personal property taxes:

Namco Cybertainment Inc.,  $2,888.74; Grand Junction Athletic Club and Day Spa, $2,746.76;  Gadzooks Inc.,  $2,282.10; Rio Blanco Stone Co., $1,930.33; Unitel,  $1,657.23; Eberhart Electric Inc., $1,277.58; Boneyard Brewery, $1,156.65; B Finicky’s Fine Foods Market, $1,057.45; Rich’s Auto Repair, $963.45; David’s Restaurant, $943.01; First Portland Corp., $942.56.

See the full list of businesses that failed to pay personal property taxes at GJSentinel.com.



Mesa County on Monday canceled more than $27,000 in unpaid personal property taxes owed by now-defunct local businesses.

State law allows counties to forgo those taxes determined to be uncollectable after they are deemed delinquent. The taxes were owed between 2003 and 2008.

In comparison with the $27,650 owed over that six-year period, County Treasurer Monika Todd said the county has so far collected more than $15 million in 2009 personal property taxes.

Todd said her office takes a number of steps to try to collect those taxes, including sending delinquency notices, contacting business owners at home and placing distraint warrants on businesses that close. The warrants keep anything from being sold at auction until the taxes are paid to the county.

“We try by many means to get the money,” Todd said.

She said the county also can seize property from businesses but has to take into account the cost of conducting an inventory of the business and storing those items.


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