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Star-News: Judge Halts Seizure of Tamarack Properties...For Now

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GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice


A judge has ruled that a technicality will keep Valley County from seizing 40 prime parcels of property at the Tamarack Resort—at least for now. 

In 2007, Tamarack saw $500 million  in real estate sales, and its ski runs were being hailed as some of the best in North America. What promised to be one of the finest resorts in the United States ended up in bankruptcy, with half-finished buildings and a bench warrant for former owner Jean-Pierre Boespflug, who is still at-large.

Earlier this summer, the McCall Star-News reported Tamarack Resort's two largest property owners owed significant amounts in back taxes.

New TR Acquisitions owes $4.7 million on 40 parcels inside the Valley County resort, including condos in the Lodge at Osprey Meadows, more than three dozen lots in the Blue Mountain subdivision and two timber stands.

Additionally, back taxes are due on the Canoe Grill ($180,000), Tamarack's recreation center ($101,300) and an unfinished expansion of the lodge ($130,000).

UWW, of Puyallup, Wash., owns 183 land parcels at Tamarack and owes back taxes of $905,000.

Valley County was preparing to seize the properties this month to recoup the losses, but the Star-News reports that 4th District Court Judge Jason Scott ruled the county had not properly detailed exactly what was owed on each of the parcels, thus delaying any takeover.

In other words, Valley County has been ordered to redo its tax notices, putting any property seizure on indefinite hold.