Entities are suing Condere over back taxes

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 11, 2001

Natchez, Adams County and school district officials have filed a petition in bankruptcy court seeking payment of more than $300,000 in back taxes and interest by Condere Corp.

&uot;It all goes back to (post-bankruptcy) taxes we think Condere should pay,&uot; said County Attorney Marion Smith. &uot;I can’t give you the exact figure, but it’s enough money … for us to pursue it.&uot;

The petition was filed July 25 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Jackson by bankruptcy attorney Eileen Shaffer Bailey.

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Other parties to the bankruptcy have until Aug. 17 to file any objections to the petition, Bailey said.

If objections are filed, a hearing date will be set for the petition – but as of Friday, no objections had been filed.

The city, the county and the Natchez-Adams County School District are seeking a total of $214,053.57 in back taxes Condere owed for 1997, said Tax Assessor Vernona Sanders. But when interest figured through Aug. 1 is added, the total amount exceeds $300,000, Sanders said.

Condere filed a bankruptcy petition in May 1997 and closed its Natchez tire plant that June. Titan Tire was then given the right to purchase the plant in September 1998.