10 July 2003
A ten-acre parcel of land in Dakota County, NE, leased to a Sioux City, Iowa radio station, has apparently been off the county's property tax rolls since 1947.
KWSL radio, an AM sports-talk station currently owned by Clear Channel, leases the plot from the county for $7400 a year, and pays an assessment of $1153 a year which they thought was the property tax but apparently wasn't.
No, they can't go back and demand the station pay up for the past 56 years; the county can collect at most three years' worth. It's a minor snafu at worst, but people who hate Clear Channel will probably automatically assume that the giant radio chain engineered this whole scheme in an effort to pinch pennies, which of course they didn't; Clear Channel didn't even own the station at the time the property fell off the tax rolls.