2NEWS Investigates: How local businesses' unpaid property taxes are affecting Tulsa classrooms
4:27 PM, Aug 28, 2013
8:33 AM, Sep 2, 2013
TULSA - With school now underway, many districts are short on funding. Property taxes pay for teachers salaries, textbooks and computers.
For months, the 2NEWS Investigators have been pouring through documents, looking at who hasn't paid their 2012 property taxes.
Some of the worst offenders? Businesses.
The 2NEWS Investigators found some businesses owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. It's money that could pay teachers' salaries.
In May, we told you about three businesses that owed the most in delinquent property taxes for 2012, a combined total of $900,000 in back taxes.
Second on the list was Resource One, a marketing firm in north Tulsa.
As of Monday, Resource One still owed $297,000 in late taxes from 2011 and 2012, penalties included.
Fifty-four percent of property taxes currently go toward public education, so to put that number into context, Resource One's back taxes alone could pay the salaries of five Tulsa Public School teachers.
The good news? We called Resource One and asked why it hadn't paid. We also mentioned 2NEWS' upcoming special exposing top property tax violators.
The company paid the full deficit the next day.
Unfortunately, they were far from the only area business owing money. In fact, the 2NEWS Investigators dug in and found millions still owed.
Tune in Friday night at 7 p.m. on 2NEWS for a special 30-minute report: Tracking Your Tax Dollars. Find out who's not paying up, and how it's affecting your child's school.