County reduces Eagles Club fees

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The road for the Eagles Club to work its way out of debt became a little easier Tuesday.

The county board abated $10,000 in penalties, interest and fees for unpaid property taxes owed by the club because the board determined a clerical error had occured.

The club still has to pay about $41,000 in unpaid taxes.

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The club fell behind on its property taxes after it moved from the flood plane to its current location at 107 11th Street NE in 2006.

The Eagles attempted to change the club’s property tax status early after the move, but the change did not happen due to a clerical error.

After the move, the Eagles Club saw its property taxes increase to more than $20,000 a year. The club was also affected by the struggling economy.

The club has made adjustments to its finances and to the way the business operates so that tax debt will not be a problem in the future. As a non-profit, the club recently switched to a more favorable tax category.

This isn’t the first round of help the club has received. City Council voted recently to halt Eagles club payments until December 2011 on a $60,000 loan provided to them four years ago.

The commissioners passed the vote 3-0 with Tim Gabrielson and Mike Ankeny abstaining because they are members of the Eagles.