Millinocket frustrated over late GNP check

MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The town of Millinocket is still waiting for their second payment from Great Northern Paper company that was supposed to come in on Tuesday.

The company sold the closed Millinocket mill's machinery at auction and is set to pay the town $1.2 million dollars in taxes. GNP and Millinocket agreed for the money to be broken into four payments scheduled to be paid on four different dates until July 21.

This late second payment has residents feeling anxious. Some have even made angry calls to the auctioneer. But the Town Council chairman says the company has until the 21 to get all the money paid, and there is no need to react until then.

"We want to be the person- the group that says we're going to give you your due, you know? We have a contract with you that says over four payments, you're going to pay your back taxes to us," said Town Council Chairman Richard Angotti.

In a statement released by Cate Street Capital, the former owners of GNP, the company said there were about 20 different purchasers involved and it will take some time to finalize the purchases and collect the funds - but that the money will be paid as soon as possible.


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