Lakes Course tax case also is dragging on

Back in 2014, when homeowners Eileen Breslin and Linda Swain sued to restore the restoration of the Ahwatkuee Lakes Golf Course, the lakes still were on the site. They were drained not long after this photo was taken, adding to the dismal piece of desert that the course has become. / AFN

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News

As Ahwatukee Lakes homeowners and golf course owner Wilson Gee await the Arizona Court of Appeals ruling on their five-year-old legal fight, a less publicized battle involving the site and county taxpayers has grinded to a halt.

That case pits Maricopa County against the course’s former owner, The True Life Companies Ahwatukee Lakes Investors, LLC, over more than $1.3 million the county says is owed

The county says that when True Life paid its 2015 tax bill, it improperly deducted a $1.3 million penalty the county had assessed because the land was no longer being used as a golf course.

True Life has contended from the start that it has always been entitled to the golf course discount for Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course even though it was closed in 2013.

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