• Channel 9 uncovers millions in late tax bills at well-known Charlotte companies

    By: Allison Latos


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Big businesses owe big money to Mecklenburg County. Channel 9 uncovered some of the top brands in Charlotte owe millions in deliquent tax bills. 

    Property taxes were due September 1, but the county told Channel 9 companies like Google Fiber have not paid five bills totaling more than $1.8 million. 

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    According to the Mecklenburg Couty Tax Office, Google Fiber is now delinquent in property taxes to the tune of $1.8 million. 

    "It is definitely significant. It is our largest outstanding tax at this point," Mecklenburg County Tax Collector Neal Dixon said. 

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    Channel 9's Allison Latos went to Google Fiber's uptown office Thursday, but staff said they could not comment. 

    Channel 9 uncovered dozens of local property owners considered to have delinquent bills over $10,000. 

    The county flagged Frito-Lay delinquent for a Nevada Boulevard location, totaling more than $1.5 million. 

    The company behind the now shut down Charlotte School of Law owes $165,000 in taxes at the uptown location. 

    This is money that the county, city, and local towns use to provide services such as police and fire protection as well as garbage pickup. 

    If visits by tax collection staff to citizens and companies that owe do not work, Dixon said they pursue other ways of getting paid. 

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    "We can seize bank accounts, rents, any money coming to the taxpayer," Dixon said. 

    Google Fiber said it is appealing three of its bills and said it can't comment on a pending matter. 

    The county can't enforce action until the appeal is over, but Google Fiber's bills will rack up interest. 

    A spokesperson from Frito-Lay said there was an administrative oversight, and their tax bill will be paid. Mecklenburg County should receive it next week.

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