Tourism to decide on delinquent taxes: New hotel owner fighting for property
According to Tammy Baldwin, she and her family have put much of their time and money into their new motel -- or at least they thought it was theirs.
Gene's Motel, also known as Normanni Hotel, was sold to Tammy Baldwin and her husband this past September. Baldwin said they learned in the beginning of October that the previous owner was behind on payments and filed for bankruptcy. According to Baldwin, the bankruptcy process was not completed and a bank foreclosed on the building. It was to go to auction Thursday, Jan. 20.
Baldwin addressed Marshall Tourism Commission Wednesday, Jan. 19, who had waived the previous owner's backed-up bed tax revenue for the new owners. Baldwin thanked them for that waiver, and out of concern that the previous owner's family would bid against her at the auction, requested the commission reinstate the owed sales tax.
"We're trying to make it a family business," Baldwin said. "I've done what I can to fix it up and make it decent."
Commission members went into closed session and voted to make the sections of tourism Ordinance number 7613 that pertain to delinquent bed taxes, available to Baldwin to read at the auction. She would have read that should there be back taxes on the property, the new owners are responsible, as well as information on the interest and how the calculations are made.
Wednesday, Jan. 19, court documents showed that the previous owner had filed for bankruptcy, and the building never went to auction.
In other news, the Chamber Tourism Committee will update brochures for the Barn Quilt project. The organization was approved for $1,100 in November pending the approval of matching funds from Boonville Tourism Commission. That matching grant was awarded, according to Stan Moore of the Chamber Tourism Committee.
Additionally, the Saline County Extension and Women in Ag Coalition was granted $255 to finish production of the tourism website ad design.
Marshall Tourism Commission has a remaining balance of approximately $19,000 in funds that were granted in 2010 but went unused.
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