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DOT board member owes Wilmington $377K in back taxes

Posted March 27, 2012
Updated March 28, 2012

— An Internet sweepstakes business operated by a member of the state Board of Transportation owes Wilmington nearly $400,000 in unpaid taxes on the machines.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/GSgwM3) it's unclear if Gov. Beverly Perdue knew about the debt when she appointed Brunswick County developer George Sloane to the board last year.

The state's application for boards and commissions asks whether a person or any company they control owes back taxes to any government entity. Perdue's office would not release Sloane's completed form, saying it's a private personnel document.

Sloane says his attorneys are talking to Wilmington officials about their claim for $377,000 in privilege license taxes and late fees.

Wilmington started taxing sweepstakes machines in 2010 while the industry fights a state law banning them as gambling operations.

Perdue said Wednesday that she didn't know about the back taxes when she appointed Sloane.

"Every taxpayer who owes money in North Carolina ought to pay their taxes, or we're going to come get them – and that includes my appointees," she said.

A spokesman for the governor said late Wednesday that Sloane remains on the Board of Transportation and that the dispute was between him and Wilmington.

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  • pbjbeach Mar 28, 2012

    SHE HAS BEEN A REPUBLICAN POSEING AS A DEMOCRAT SINCE DAY ONE FOR SHE HAS GIVEN THE STATE REPUBLICAN LEGISTORS ANY AN EVERTHING THAT THAT HAVE WANTED OUT OF HER WITH ANY FORM OF REGARDS OF WHAT THE CITIZENS TAXPAYERS OF THIS SATE WISHES WERE ON OR ABOUT ANY ISSUES THAT COME BEFORE HER. I GUESS THAT THAT IS THEY WAY IT IS WHEN YOU SELL OUT TO THE OPPOSING SIDE OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM AS SHE HAS DONE SO THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Mar 28, 2012

    If this would fall under the circumstances of conduct unbecomming of a state employee then he needs to be fire an replaced forth with. what is good for the goose is also good for the gander thank you

  • Sherlock Mar 28, 2012

    If it Aunt Bev friend and supporter then Wilmington needs to just drop the case and write it off.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 27, 2012

    Bev appointd him and she is the one sitting in the governors chair( when she is in town) no excuses Bev either you read the application or he lied which one is it. Perjury is also a crime

  • pm2 Mar 27, 2012

    "Perdue's office would not release Sloane's completed form, saying it's a private personnel document."
    There is your answer....I canot believe how cocky all of our elected officials have become(think about if JE too)...You cannot tell us...Well bottom line, she IS responsible and NO MATTER what the form said, she IS responsible for his appointment and if she DID NOT know, SHE should have!

  • kermit60 Mar 27, 2012

    $400.000 and someone is just figuring this out now. Sounds like there system is about as efficient as the states.

  • saltnsanddefenderofdamiddleclass Mar 27, 2012

    why don't you run a story about how long it takes NC to pay you that much in a refund?

  • saturn5 Mar 27, 2012

    Politicans are like diapers. They need to be changed often, and for the same reason.

  • Scubagirl Mar 27, 2012

    well if Bev didn't know about the back taxes she certainly SHOULD have.
    If that were you or I we'd be in some deep trouble

  • cwood3 Mar 27, 2012

    Give him 30 days to catch up, then if not paid, releave him of his duties. Right is right and wrong is wrong.

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