MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It's been about a week-and-a-half since more than three hundred pieces of equipment at the mill in Millinocket were sold to the highest bidder. That includes the site's iconic paper machine, which for years was an economic engine for the region. Town officials are hoping to get a check in short order for more than $2 million for back taxes from the mill owner, Great Northern Paper West.
In a special town council meeting city leaders signed a GNP West, LLC-Cate Street Capital, Inc. new tax payment agreement. Mill officials have to pay the net worth of the back taxes, which is about $1,178,000 by Thursday, July 3rd at 2pm. If they do not pay the Town of Millinocket by this date then all liens will go back against Great Northern Paper West.
Many town leaders were reluctant to sign because they have lost faith in this company, yet they did. While others members like Town Manger, Peggy Daigle is staying optimistic that this company will do the right thing.
"I hope and pray that the mill will come forward and pay their taxes and do this next project to help people get back to work."