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The Greenbrier owes $5.8 million in county & state taxes 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

According to public records, The Greenbrier owes $2,327,773.44 in county taxes which came due March 31. That’s in addition to $3,521.047.49 in state taxes which were previously due in late 2023, as reported on by Brad McElhinny of WVMetronews

The grand total due is $5,848,820.93 in county and state taxes. A breakdown of all taxes due is as follows: 

  • Personal property taxes owed to Greenbrier County for vehicles, due March 31: $256,732.18
  • Real estate taxes owed to Greenbrier County for the main hotel property of 220+ acres, due March 31: $1,432,999.87
  • Real estate taxes owed to Greenbrier County for the golf courses and medical facilities, due March 31: $372,127.96
  • Sales & use taxes owed to the State of West Virginia due Oct 31, 2023: $3,521,047.49 (as reported by Brad McElhinny of WVMetronews)

*The county tax amounts due are not inclusive of penalties, which began accruing on April 1.

The Greenbrier is a luxury resort located in White Sulphur Springs. It is owned by Justice Family Companies. Jim Justice is the governor of West Virginia and currently running for the US Senate. While serving as governor, he turned over operations of his businesses to his children rather than placing them in a blind trust. Justice himself did continue to sign official documentation on behalf of the companies, as evidenced in files disclosed during the Carter Bank court filing in Greenbrier County. 

A request for comment to Cam Huffman, Director of Public Relations at The Greenbrier, was not returned. 

According to state code, anyone who cannot pay their county property or real estate taxes faces escalating consequences before the property is eventually sold at auction by March 1 of the following year. 

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The state taxes represent sales tax collected by The Greenbrier as paid by customers and apparently not remitted to the state. RealWV reached out to the WV Tax Department to ask what happens when a lien is not paid, and they directed us to a general document on their website found here. 

The document lays out two options for remedying liens placed on taxpayers. Option one is working out a payment plan with the Tax Department to remit the taxes due. Option two is “enforcement through foreclosure.” 

“The Tax Commissioner may enforce any lien created and recorded under § 11-10-12, against any property subject to the lien by instituting a civil action in the circuit court of the county wherein the property is located,” the document says. “The court, after giving notice to all parties, then proceeds to adjudicate all matters involved in the civil action, determines the validity, amount and priorities of all liens, claims and interests in and upon the property, and decrees a sale of the property by the sheriff or any commissioner to whom the action is referred, and decrees distribution of the proceeds of the sale according to the findings of the court in respect to the interests of the parties.”

Over the last few years, the Justice Companies have faced numerous lawsuits over non-payments of debts. A company helicopter was recently turned over as payment for debt to Caroleng Investments, a Russian mining company. 

Carter Bank & Trust is currently seeking to foreclose on The Greenbrier Sporting Club to satisfy a $300 million debt owed to them. Late last week, lawyers involved in that dispute all agreed to delay a planned April 12 hearing to allow further negotiations before Judge Bob Richardson convenes the case. 

In addition, Justice entered into a payment agreement with Greensill/Credit Suisse for more than $800 million in debt which was negotiated down to $600 million last year. 

Justice’s financial disclosure in his US Senate campaign do not show any of these debts to Caroleng, Carter Bank, or Greensill/Credit Suisse. 

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