Mesa County writes off $37,000 in taxes
The county will not keep fruitlessly sending letters to a number of businesses that are delinquent in payment of personal property taxes, after county commissioners agreed Monday to cancel more than $37,000 in taxes that have gone unpaid.
Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich approached commissioners about the delinquent taxes, which businesses are charged for spending on items that often help them operate — such as equipment and machinery.
The businesses on the list that county commissioners canceled are considered closed. Based on the commissioners’ directive, Rich’s office now writes their debts off the books.
“Now I’m not sending out notifications to businesses that don’t exist, because they’re just going to come right back to me,” Rich said. “That’s not a good use of taxpayer money.”
The business with the largest total amount canceled Monday was Precision Manufacturing, 364 Bonny St., Unit B, in Grand Junction. The company is reported to have owed $5,528.77 for the years 2007 through 2010. A phone number listed for them still rings to a voicemail that is identified with the company. A website for the company is also live, and lists George Barchenger as owner.
Also named as previously owing $4,493 for the year 2012 is the former Bub’s Field Sports Pub & Grill, 715 Horizon Drive. Bub’s also had $4,978 canceled in October last year.
The third-highest total canceled Monday was for a dentist, Robert R. Harmen DDS PC, who is listed as previously owing $3,282.80 for 2010.
As these debts are reported only to county commissioners, it’s possible medical professionals like Harmen can simply operate in other locations without facing repercussions for their outstanding tax debts.
“I know that we can’t find him,” Rich said.
State law allows county commissioners to cancel business personal property taxes that they consider to be uncollectible one year from the date they become delinquent. The taxes cleared on Monday cover the years from 2003 to 2010.