An Indiana amusement park owned by Morgan RV Resorts has reportedly paid nearly $350,000 that it owed the county after neglecting several years’ worth of property and innkeeper’s taxes.
The Journal and Courier reported that Indiana Beach Amusement Resort, a recreation spot on Lake Shafer in Monticello, owed the county an estimated $180,000 in self-reported innkeeper’s taxes, which go toward promoting tourism in the area and lake cleaning efforts, and $167,000 in property taxes.
“They’re all paid up,” said White County commissioner John Heimlich.
Morgan RV Resorts, paid $11,000 of the bill back in early January. The company, whose financial health has been called into question, reportedly paid the rest after various news reports about the debt were published later that month.
Morgan RV Resorts, which did not return the Journal & Courier’s request for comment, recently agreed to sell 11 of its RV communities to Sun Communities Operating Limited Partnership LLC of Michigan for $135 million. Another of its properties, Flagg’s RV Resort, is in foreclosure.
As of March 4, Morgan RV had paid the county within 10 percent of what it estimated that the company owed in the self-reported innkeeper’s tax, according to Joe Crivello, a board member of the White County Tourism Authority.
Indiana Beach collected $64,327 in innkeeper’s taxes in five months during 2009, according to the tourism authority, compared with $55,700 in collections during all of 2012. During several peak months from 2009 to 2012, the resort collected nothing.
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