Timberline Ski Resort owner arrested on unpaid taxes charge

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The owner of Timberline Four Season Resort, in Tucker County, is facing a misdemeanor charge after authorities said the resort failed to pay its hotel/motel taxes.

Frederick Herz, 56 was arrested Wednesday following an investigation by the Tucker County Sheriff’s Department that started in October.

While reviewing the resort’s tax receipts, deputies found that taxes were paid from July 2015 to January 2016, but then lapsed from February 2016 to March 2017, court documents said.  Those taxes were then paid in May 2017.  The resort then did not pay taxes from June 2017 to June 2018, according to Herz’s criminal complaint.  A payment of $935.43 was made in July 2018 to cover November 2017’s taxes, deputies said.

In November, deputies executed a search warrant at the resort and collected documents related to the hotel/motel taxes.

Deputies then determined that Timberline owes $4,258.29 as of October 2018, according to the criminal complaint.

Herz is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail set at $6,241.25.

The resort’s ski operations were initially slated to open on Saturday.  An updated news release from the West Virginia Ski Association changed the projected opening date to December 21.

The resort has also been having issues with the water utility it owns, which serves homes at the resort.  Some of those issues have involved non-payment of taxes and bills.  The West Virginia Public Service Commission is holding a hearing on the utility, Thursday at Canaan Valley Resort. 12 News has a reporter at the hearing and will update this story as information becomes available.

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