- George Prentice
In 2007, Tamarack Resort, which is just outside of Donnelly, Idaho, saw half-a-billion dollars 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 U.S. ended up in bankruptcy, with half-finished buildings and a bench warrant for former owner, and still at-large, Jean-Pierre Boespflug.
Earlier this summer, the McCall Star-News reported Tamarack Resort's two largest property owners owed a significant amount in back taxes: New TR Acquisition Co., LLC 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., which owns 183 land parcels at Tamarack, owes back taxes of $905,000.
To recoup the funds, Valley County was preparing to seize the properties later this month, but this week's McCall Star-News reports the property owners have filed separate lawsuits in an effort to stop the takeover. In their suits, the property owners concede they owe taxes but insist previous tax notices were inaccurate and therefore violated state law. The Star-News reports that Valley County prosecutors say the suits are a delaying tactic. A court hearing on the matter is set for Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Valley County Courthouse in Cascade.