State seizes Base Camp Cafe in Rifle |

State seizes Base Camp Cafe in Rifle

Ryan Hoffman
This notice was posted on the front door of the Base Camp Cafe in downtown Rifle Friday
Ryan Hoffman / Citizen Telegram |

Residents and visitors in Rifle have one less option for breakfast following the state’s seizure Friday of the Base Camp Cafe because of back taxes owed.

According to a notice posted by the Colorado Department of Revenue, the business owes the state $8,051. A public sale of the assets — including personal property, furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory — is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 5 at the location. If the full amount is paid before that date, the auction will be canceled.

The amount owed to the state is not the extent of the financial woes facing the business, located at 120 E. Third St.

Marcia Arnhold, city of Rifle finance director, said municipal records show the Base Camp, doing business as Special T’s LLC, owes $11,476 in sales tax to the city.

Theresa L. Hangs, who was listed as the taxpayer on the notice from the Department of Revenue, could not be reached for comment.

Dan Meskin, property manager for the building that houses the Base Camp, said he was not notified of the seizure prior to the Department of Revenue coming in Friday and changing the locks. He did not have additional information, other than assuming the Base Camp would either need to pay the amount owed to the state or have its property auctioned off.

The business, which is the taxpayer in this situation, was notified of its delinquency prior to the seizure, said Ro Silva, taxation public information and education manager for the state, adding that the responsibility is to notify the taxpayer, not the landlord.

“It’s not as if this was a surprise” to the Base Camp, Silva said.

Base Camp is at least the second high-profile business seizure related to unpaid taxes in Rifle recently.

In February, the city of Rifle seized the personal assets of Cruise Control Auto & Truck Accessories Inc. The business owed nearly $100,000 in unremitted sales tax to the city.

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