Tourism to decide on delinquent taxes: New hotel owner fighting for property

Thursday, January 20, 2011

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.

Contact Sarah Reed at
sreed@marshallnews.com

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  • I'm a bit confused. Why is the hotel going up for auction. Did the previous owner not have clear title to the property when sold to the Baldwin family? Is it a financial institution that is auctioning off the property? Or, does the tourism commission have a lean on the property for unpaid taxes, and has seized the property and is auctioning it off.

    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:

    We'll have more details in the morning.

    -- Posted by Reader101 on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 8:56 PM
    Response by Sarah Reed/Staff writer:
    I've updated the story with new information. Hopefully this answers some of your questions.
  • Is this news? It sounds like airing someones laundry in front of the general public. Tammy apparently does not own the hotel and must be working off a contract for deed. I don't think this information should be front page news.

    There are a lot of small businesses struggling to survive now and I would hate to think that their financials could be open for discussion at a public meeting and reported in the paper.

    Perhaps with the economy the way it is and the type of things being sponsored by the tourism commission the tax may not be a great idea. The things that I see being done with it, I doubt that the hotels are seeing a huge influx of people coming in their doors to spend the night and attend.

    -- Posted by theobserver on Mon, Jan 24, 2011, at 8:55 AM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    The tax collection issue makes it public business.
  • Ever hear of buyer beware?? This is what happens when people make hasty decisions and dont look into purchases the way they should. The new owners are responsible.

    -- Posted by PaperPro on Tue, Jan 25, 2011, at 12:10 PM
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