Ruling on Kigre business license fee delayed

info@islandpacket.comJune 4, 2013 

Hilton Head Island Town Council delayed a ruling Tuesday about whether the business license fee the town is asking laser-component manufacturer Kigre Inc. to pay is unfair.

Council will take up the issue again at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The extra time will allow Kigre attorney Tom Taylor to determine whether his client will provide the council with records of the firm's gross revenue, on which the town assesses business license fees.

The company has previously not provided such information.

Kigre chief operating officer Jeff Myers did not attend Tuesday's hearing because he was in Tel Aviv, Israel, according to Taylor. He was uncertain if Myers would agree to provide the records.

Last month the town told the company that it owed about $318,500 in unpaid business license fees for the tax years 2007-12. Kigre paid the amount under protest, filing an appeal May 17.

Myers said in February that the town's assessed business license fee should not reflect interstate and international sales. Such transactions make up about 98 percent of Kigre's business, he said.

Kigre has been disputing the town's business license ordinance for years. Its assertion that the nearly 30-year-old ordinance was illegal was struck down in a Feb. 7 decision by Beaufort County Master in Equity Marvin Dukes III.

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