Supervisors reject tax objections

By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors rejected two tax objections in their August 31 board meeting.

Chris McIntire, District 3 Supervisor and board president, said the supervisors had Steve Barreca review the filed objections from Choctaw Generation and Quantum Power. After the review, Barreca consulted with Lori Fiebig, tax assessor, and Greg Nowell, county appraiser.

In the August 31 meeting, Fiebig said Barreca suggested rejecting Choctaw Generation’s tax objection because they did not provide enough information on the recent sale of the gas plant in Choctaw County. McIntire asked her if Barreca agreed with her tax assessment. Fiebig said he did.

GDF Suez owns Choctaw Generation and previously owner the Choctaw Gas Plant. They sold the gas plant to Quantum Power earlier this year.

In the August 8 meeting Choctaw Generation cited the sale of the gas plant, the price of sale and other factors of the plant as part of their reason for objecting their land roll assessment and asking for economic obsolesce.

District 2 Larry McClain made the motion to reject Choctaw Generation’s tax objection with a second from District 4 Supervisor David Carter. All approved to reject the objection.

The supervisors also approved to reject Quantum Power’s tax objection based on Barreca’s recommendation. District 1 Supervisor Archie Collins made the motion to reject their objection with a second from McClain. All approved to reject the objection.

After approving to reject both objections the board approved the final land roll or recapitulation of the land rolls in a 4-1 vote. District 5 Supervisor Eric Chambers voted against finalizing the land rolls.