County To Receive Overdue Property Taxes

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"The delinquent taxes paid by Asarco won't make a change in the budget," Gila County's Chief Deputy Treasurer Debora Savage said. "But we'll just have to wait and see if they pay the second half of their 2003 taxes in March."

Recently, Asarco paid Gila County $918,188 in back taxes. The bulk of the money -- $611,000 -- went toward Hayden-Winkelman School District's school bond debt service, Savage said. The town of Hayden received $181,000.

The balance, about $126,188, went to the county, fire districts and the county library district, Savage said.

She said Asarco will owe another $918,188 in taxes and late fees in March.

Savage said the county had constructed its budget expecting the copper company, owned by Grupo Mexico of Mexico, to pay its taxes.

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