Poconos Resort Booting ATV Business

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A resort in the Poconos will pay $79,000 in back taxes under a settlement with the Monroe County Assessment Board, and plans to give the boot to the ATV business at the center of its tax problems.

The out-of-court settlement was approved Wednesday by the Monroe County commissioners, who make up the assessment board, according to the Pocono Record.

The board ruled last year that Pocono Manor owed $310,000 in back school, township and county taxes plus interest for violating a conservation property tax break given for keeping vacant land for farming or forestry uses.

Pocono Manor Investors began leasing portions of the property nearly three years ago to Lost Trails ATV Adventures. The assessment office said Pocono Manor and Lost Trails violated 319 by expanding an existing trail network, but the owner and operator insisted they only used pre-existing trails previously approved for the tax break.

Pocono Manor won't have to pay the full back-tax bill, just the $79,000. And the business will not renew Lost Trails’ lease after it expires in mid-May.

Posted by Holly Wagner