Governor LePage takes Millinocket's concerns in tax dispute

MILLINOCKET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- A war of words over unpaid taxes in Millinocket now has Governor LePage voicing concerns.

The governor met with leaders of the town on Wednesday to discuss problems they are having with Cate Street Capital. That company manages the site of the old Millinocket paper mill.

Town officials say Millinocket is owed millions in back taxes on equipment inside the complex and just last week community leaders decided they were through waiting. They placed a tax lien on the equipment, which means it can't be sold anywhere until the town gets paid.

Officials with Cate Street have said they need to auction off the equipment to make way for a new pellet mill to put on the site.The governor offered his thoughts on the situation at an event on Tuesday.

"I've asked them {town leaders} to come in and let's have a discussion," LePage said, "and if needs be I will go to Cate Street myself and sit down with them..and I hope to do that this week."

"The only reason we're doing the lien is to get paid our taxes," said Millinocket town manager Peggy Daigle, "and if we have an agreement that does the same thing...that's legally binding...that would be the only other option that we have."

Officials with Cate Street did not return NEWS CENTER's calls for comment on Thursday.Town officials say they will be meeting with heads of the company on Friday to try and work out a solution.


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