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Reynolds United Co-op, Traill County agree to tax plan

BUXTON, N.D. — The manager of the Reynolds United Co-op fertilizer plant said Monday an agreement has been reached with the Traill County Commission on a payment plan for unpaid 2015 and 2016 taxes.

"It never was our intent not to pay a tax bill," manager Paul Coppin said. "It just came to light through a series of things."

Coppin told the Herald in November he was unaware the county was seeking up to $118,000 in unpaid taxes after it could not find any tax exemption paperwork.

"Nothing was on the tax rolls or anything, so we just assumed everything was in place," he said earlier.

Coppin said he personally had filed for a five-year tax exemption for the plant built in 2015 on the southern edge of Buxton.

It was a company hired to review all of the county's agribusiness in 2016 that discovered the missing taxes, and Traill County Tax Director Kayla Knudson said neither the county nor the city was able to find any exemption paperwork on file.

Coppin said he believes everything is straight now, and he is satisfied with the agreement.

"We had to refile everything, and we're very satisfied that everything worked out the way it did," he said. "So, we don't have a huge tax bill in one year."

Coppin said a five-year tax exemption now is in place for 2018 through 2022. The property has been annexed into the city of Buxton.

Knudson said the agreement calls for the co-op to pay Traill County about $58,000 in both 2019 and 2020 — to cover the missed 2015 and 2016 taxes. "I'm happy we could all come to an agreement, and it was taken care of," Knudson said. "It wasn't easy for any of us. It came as a surprise to all of us."

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