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Hotel owes city more than $100,000

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Warrenton’s Shilo Inn owes the city $126,000 in room tax money collected from patrons who stayed at the hotel.

In letters dated Jan. 18 and Feb. 15, City Attorney Spencer Parsons demands payment of the taxes that were collected by the hotel in the second half of 2018.

The letters are addressed to Shilo’s corporate office in Portland, its management corporation, and the Warrenton hotel.

The city-imposed deadline to prevent further legal action was Feb. 22. But the fees had not been received by Tuesday night.

The city intends to file a lawsuit, according to letters obtained by The Columbia Press through a public records request.

“Further, if payment is not received, we have been directed by the city to refer the matter to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal proceedings,” the Feb. 15 letter states.

The Shilo Inn hadn’t responded to the city’s Jan. 18 letter, which prompted the more serious stance.

“The city intends to compel Shilo Inn to remit payment of the tax revenues it has collected from its guests on behalf of the city as well as the accrued interest and penalties,” according to the Feb. 15 letter.

The lack of payment has been the subject of two executive sessions, which are held behind closed doors.

The hotel fell behind in its payment of the fees in 2016. The account was eventually brought current.

A Jan. 18 letter demanding payment of transient room taxes also was sent to South Jetty Inn in Hammond, which owes the city several thousand dollars. It, too, failed to turn over the tax money for the third and fourth quarters of 2018.

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