The Butler Parks, Recreation Grounds and Facilities Authority agreed Thursday to enter into a six-month payment plan to pay off nearly $15,000 in unpaid state sales taxes from the concession stand in Kelly Automotive Park and $2,000 in penalties.
The Department of Revenue revoked the authority's license to operate the concession stand and wouldn't issue a license to operate a cafe, but the agreement allows the authority to open both.
The license to operate the stand and park store, which has been converted into a cafe, are in the authority's name, but the Butler BlueSox operated both facilities under a rental agreement with the authority and was supposed to pay the taxes, officials said.
“The BlueSox rented the concession stand from us. The BlueSox should have paid the sales tax. The BlueSox didn't pay a dime,” said Cherie Readie, authority chairwoman.
Bob Graham, authority board member, said the amount of unpaid taxes owed to the state is $14,679.
“We can't open until that amount is paid,” Graham said before the motion to enter into the payment plan was unanimously approved.
Graham said the authority has paid the $6,370 that it owes in sales taxes this year.
The unpaid taxes are from concession sales from 2015, 2016 and 2017.
BlueSox managing partner Larry Sassone couldn't be reached for comment following the authority's meeting Thursday evening.
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