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Tax liens placed on The Country Inn

June 30, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Berkeley Springs inn and its officers are almost $1 million in debt to the county, state and federal government because of unpaid taxes, according to official records.

West Virginia tax authorities have placed $492,452 in tax liens against the The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs, Inc., its late owner, Jack P. Barker, his widow, Alice M. Barker, and the inn's secretary/treasurer for unpaid consumer sales tax in 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 and interest, according to lien records filed with the Morgan County Clerk between Jan. 15 and June 18.

The plantation mansion-style inn is on South Washington Street, next to Berkeley Springs State Park.

Federal taxing authorities have placed $365,868 in federal tax liens for various federal employment and employee withholding taxes dating from 1995, 1996 and 1997, according to lien records filed between April 2, 1997, and June 19.

There are also $86,323 in state workers' compensation liens filed against the four parties and a $6,427 lien against the inn for unpaid state unemployment compensation contributions plus interest, according to official records.

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The inn is also delinquent on real estate and personal property taxes to Morgan County for the 1997 tax year, according to the sheriff's tax office.

As of Tuesday, it owed $26,837 in county taxes and $646 in fire fees, according to county tax records.

The inn property and buildings are currently assessed at $1.06 million for county tax purposes, according to the Morgan County Assessor's Office.

Jack P. Barker, who bought the inn in 1972 and steered its expansion to a multi-building resort in following years, died Jan. 5.

Alice M. Barker declined to comment on the matter when reached at home Tuesday evening.

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