Under threat of court order, Kaukauna hotel pays room taxes

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KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WBAY) - A Kaukauna hotel that owed more than $23,000 in unpaid room taxes from 2018 has paid in full, the mayor says, after a judge signed an order that would have shut the hotel down.

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Days Inn owed $23,207 for the last six months of 2018.

Last Friday, March 29, Outagamie County Judge Vince Biskupic signed an order that Days Inn and Suites, Rushab LLC and Vaishali Chetan Patel would be prohibited from operating a hotel in Kaukauna "until such time as all past due taxes have been paid" to the city.

Kaukauna Mayor Tony Penterman tells Action 2 News the hotel paid $12,952.14 on Tuesday, April 2, and the remaining $10,254.72 on Thursday, April 4.

We told you in a Target 2 Investigates report last week that Days Inn in Kaukauna was one of three hotels in the Fox Cities behind on paying room taxes.

The hotel room tax is used to pay for local projects that benefit tourism, most notably the $32 million Fox Cities Exhibition Center in downtown Appleton.

Other hotels behind on room tax include the Howard Johnson in Grand Chute and Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in downtown Appleton which also manages the exhibition center.

The Red Lion continues to owe more than $142,000 but the owner promises to have it cleared up soon.

"I mean our intent is to get these back taxes paid and to never ever fall back again, but that's our goal. That's our objective," said Stephen Nalley, co-founder and CEO of Inner Circle, which owns the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley, during a phone interview March 29.

Nalley says the hotel is behind because of the money the hotel had to front to open the exhibition center on time more than a year ago (see related story).

Kaukauna's mayor hopes the court action against the Days Inn and Suites sends a strong message about the consequences of falling behind.

"It's just important to stay on top of that so the payments are made," said Penterman.

Action 2 News also checked property taxes. The Days Inn and Suites owes more than $20,000.

Penterman says the owner has assured him he will have that caught up in the coming months.



 
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