Records: Matt Bevin's company was a property tax delinquent

Records: Matt Bevin's company was a property tax delinquent

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A company owned by Republican candidate for Kentucky governor Matt Bevin has been delinquent on its property taxes multiple times and is currently listed as "not in good standing" in Maine.

Records show Bevin's company, Integrity Holdings LLC, has paid more than $670 in interest and late fees since 2009. In one case, a town in Maine filed a lien against the company, which holds some of Bevin's other business interests. Bevin lists himself as "sole owner" of Integrity.

The company's delinquencies, when combined with late payments on two other properties previously reported by WAVE 3 News, have cost Bevin nearly $1,800 to settle.

Ben Hartman, a Bevin spokesman, did not say whether the candidate disputed the records. Instead, Hartman blamed Democrats for raising the tax issues in an attempt to distract from Attorney General Jack Conway's record.

"Jack Conway and the Kentucky Democratic Party are clearly trying to distract voters from the fact that he has embraced Barack Obama, he refused to defend Kentucky's marriage law and he is refusing to stand up for the religious liberties of our county clerks," he said in a statement.

Integrity Holdings has paid $357.42 to resolve delinquent property taxes in Bethel, Maine, according to records provided by town officials. The town in August 2013 filed a lien against Bevin's company, which was resolved the next month when Bevin paid $125.65 in interest and fees.

[VIEW: Integrity Holdings account detail]

Bevin listed the Bethel property as "commercial/residential mixed use rental" on his financial disclosure statement filed with Kentucky's Executive Branch Ethics Commission earlier this year.

Separately, Integrity Holdings paid $159.30 in interest and fees to resolve late payments in 2009 and 2011 on residential rental property in Woodstock, Maine, according to records.

Integrity is listed as "not in good standing" with the Maine Secretary of State's office because it didn't file its annual report by the June 1 deadline.

"If this office does not receive the annual report in proper filing order together with the $85 filing fee and the $50 late filing penalty, within 65 days of the date of this notice, your limited liability company will be administratively dissolved," Cathy Beaudoin, director of corporations with the Maine Secretary of State, wrote in a letter to Integrity dated June 16.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the company had still not filed the necessary paperwork, said Kristen Schulze Muszynski, a spokeswoman for the Maine Secretary of State.

Records indicate that Integrity Holdings also failed to file its annual report on time in 2008 and 2012.

The company was also late to pay property tax bills on timberland in Hampton, N.Y., costing Bevin $155.20 in interest and late fees. The bills were in 2012 and 2014, according to the Washington County, N.Y., treasurer's office.

Hartman, the Bevin spokesman, did not provide a list of companies owned by Integrity Holdings, nor did he dispute what the local officials said.

In June, WAVE 3 News reported that Bevin had been late to pay taxes on other properties -- his Maine vacation home and a vacant lot in Louisiana -- costing him more than $1,100 in interest and fees. At the time, Bevin said he disagreed with the numbers but didn't provide an explanation.

[VIEW: Matt Bevin's Statement of Financial Disclosure for 2014]

Conway's campaign last month provided a list of properties that Conway owns partially or outright. They include 25 percent of two condos in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; 25 percent of a property on Nolin Lake in Grayson County; four undeveloped parcels in Louisville's Preston Commons; and his primary home in northeast Louisville.

[VIEW: Jack Conway's Statement of Financial Disclosure for 2014]

WAVE 3 News previously reported that neither Bevin nor Conway's primary homes in Louisville had property tax delinquencies dating back to 2004, according to the Jefferson County Clerk's office. The four undeveloped parcels that Conway owns also had no delinquencies.

Records in Grayson County showed no delinquencies for the Nolin Lake property dating back to 1991.

Online records in Beaufort County, South Carolina show taxes on Conway's condo properties have been paid in full since 2005.

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