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Imgrund Motors pays outstanding excise taxes

Imgrund Motors paid an outstanding motor vehicle excise tax Tuesday, ending an issue brought up at a recent Baxter City Council session.

At Monday’s Baxter meeting, the council voted 4-1 to send the issue to the planning commission for an appropriate hearing notice so the business owners could be heard.

Reached at the business, owner Katie Imgrund said the first she learned of an outstanding bill was when the story arrived with the Dispatch newspaper.

Imgrund said there is now no concerns with the conditional use permit and it seemed the issue was turned into a big deal for $260.

“I think they realize it got blown all out of proportion,” Imgrund said.

Imgrund reported she never received a phone call from the city on the subject and didn’t get a letter in the mail, although city staff members said one was sent. Imgrund said the city was also using an outdated email address to contact her that was no longer was in use. The city, she said, could have more easily followed up with a phone call and taken care of the matter.

Jeremy Vacinek, Baxter finance director, said a letter was sent by the city and followed up by a letter from the city attorney. The letters from the city, he said, were sent to Imgrund’s post office box. In order to provide an even faster notice, the city sent the email. Vacinek said neither the emails nor the letters came back as undeliverable and there would be no way the city would realize an email address was no longer active unless informed of it.

The motor vehicle excise tax is charged to the customer for the city.

Vacinek said the tax is due by the 20th of each month and nine other motor vehicle businesses in the city comply without an issue. The city reported letters also were previously sent when the business was late in paying the tax.

The motor vehicle excise tax, with a cap of $20, is paid as part of the local option sales tax and collected from customers for the taxing authority. Vacinek said it wasn’t the amount of the tax owed as much as the fact the business is collecting the tax from customers to flow through to the city.

“It’s important they remit that on a timely basis,” Vacinek said, adding the most recent notice sent to the business was for taxes collected in November and December, almost 50 days past due. Vacinek said the purpose in taking the issue to the city council was to determine what next step should be taken to get the matter resolved.

Now the matter is resolved with the taxes paid up through January.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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