Durham County property taxes were due Jan. 5, but more than a few property owners haven’t gotten around to paying them, including Southern Durham Development.
SDD owns at least 170 acres of land in South Durham where the company is looking to build its controversial 751 South development. According to tax records on the Durham County government website, the company owes $142,000 for five parcels.
The company just won a major victory in civil court last week, when a visiting judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by opponents to the project who filed a protest petition against the rezoning of the land to build a large new community, which could encompass 1,300 residences, plus retail and offices.
But it’s unclear why the tax bill is unpaid. A call to the county’s tax office last week confirmed that information online is up-to-date, and according to a customer service representative, interest is included in the online tax calculations, although it’s not shown separately.
We contacted a couple representatives of SDD after hours Wednesday night, but weren’t able to reach anyone just yet. Updates to be posted once we hear back.