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Fuel company confirms error

ConocoPhillips' reports don't have enough detail for Hayden sales tax

Blythe Terrell

— ConocoPhillips says “insufficient detail” in its sales tax reports is to blame for Hayden’s missing revenue.

Town officials said Hayden did not receive money ConocoPhillips collected in sales tax at Yampa Valley Regional Airport from October to December. The town has received the appropriate sales tax revenue since Jan. 1, Town Manager Russ Martin said Wednesday. A ConocoPhillips spokesman provided information about the problem in an e-mail Thursday.

“The company found that it did remit the correct amount of sales tax to the State of Colorado for those sales made in the last three months of 2008,” spokesman Bill Stephens wrote. “However, the company also learned that the reports filed with the state that are associated with those payments contained insufficient detail for the state to know where to re-direct the tax revenue.”

ConocoPhillips revised its filing procedure, and all 2009 payments were properly credited to Hayden, Stephens wrote. The company started selling fuel to commercial airlines in about October 2008, after Galaxy Aviation took over as the fixed-base operator at the Hayden airport. Galaxy’s sales tax always has gone to the proper place, Martin has said.

The town has estimated that it’s owed $60,000 to $70,000 in sales tax collections from commercial fuel sales.

Hayden officials have sought help from the state Department of Revenue; Gov. Bill Ritter; state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden; and state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs. The town sent a letter to Ritter, White and Baumgardner on Tuesday. White and Baumgardner have agreed to address the issue.

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Martin was out of the office Thursday and couldn’t be reached to comment about ConocoPhillips’ response.

The fuel company apologized for the problem.

“The company is also working with the state to amend its filings for the 4Q 2008 to make sure the town is properly reimbursed,” Stephens wrote. “ConocoPhillips regrets the inconvenience that the incomplete reports caused the Town of Hayden, the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, and the State of Colorado.”