Oread group pays nearly $500,000 to Lawrence ‘under protest’

Developers of The Oread hotel, accused of filing incorrect sales tax returns to receive improper rebates from the city, sent the city the nearly $500,000 it demanded on deadline Thursday, but they did so “under protest” and accompanied the check with a letter refusing other demands.

The letter stated Oread Inn, L.C. disagrees with the findings of a city-ordered audit; contends it is not obligated to go forward with the city’s other demands; and sent the nearly $500,000 merely to meet the city’s deadline, but not as intended as a payment.

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