Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dixie Developer Declared Deadbeat

You remember Ben Israel, the optometrist turned developer who was a prominent member of the Free Lunch Club that didn't want to pay impact fees? You know, the one who has numerous lawsuits and properties in financial distress? Turns out that he also doesn't pay his property taxes that go to support our schools and libraries.

Washington County Tax Collector David Ruff filed a petition yesterday showing that Dixie Development Inc. owes $15,694, plus penalties and interest, in delinquent property taxes for 2006, that Israel has failed and refused to pay the taxes despite demands for it, and that judgment should be rendered for the property.

Israel said he might pay up sometime next year. Or not.

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