Friday, December 21, 2012

Mayor listed as delinquent on taxes

Dewayne Briscoe says $6,500 owed is ‘misunderstanding’

Express Staff Writer

A notice of delinquent property taxes published by Blaine County in the Dec. 19 issue of the Idaho Mountain Express states that Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe owes nearly $6,500 in property taxes from 2009.

Briscoe owes taxes for two properties: $6,272 for a 17,000-square-foot property on Fairway Loop in Sun Valley and $222 for a garage in the International Village complex in Ketchum.

“According to my accountant, all of my taxes have been paid,” Briscoe said in an interview Tuesday. “I will check into it and if I owe anything, it will be paid promptly.”

Briscoe said he was unaware of the notice before the interview. He also said he normally pays his taxes every year with a credit card. However, he said he’s currently in the process of putting his properties into a trust for his children and the trust should be set up to pay the taxes automatically. He said his son Brian began setting up the trust last summer before he died on July 14, and that a “misunderstanding” or an “oversight” must have occurred during the transition of the trust’s management from Brian Briscoe to Dewayne Briscoe.

“I think that’s important for people to know that,” Briscoe said. “I hope that clarifies the situation for Sun Valley’s citizens.”

Delinquent 2009 property taxes must be paid by Jan. 14, 2013, or a process will begin to put the properties up for auction. Vicki Sisiam, Blaine County treasurer and ex-officio tax collector, said the names of property owners whose taxes are not paid by that date will be removed from the deeds, but they will be given one year to pay their taxes. Sisiam said that if they do not pay the owed taxes before the end of that period, the county must sell the property at public auction no later than two months after the period ends.

Briscoe said he will meet with his accountant before the end of the year.

“If there’s anything I owe, I’ll pay it immediately,” he said.

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