Narconon's State Taxes Overdue; Warrant Filed

By Michael McNutt, Enid Bureau

Daily Oklahoman,
February 25, 1993


NEWKIRK -- A drug and alcohol abuse center that fought more than two years to get a state license apparently needed to be reminded to pay its state taxes.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission this week filed a tax warrant against Narconon Chilocco New Life Center stating that it failed to pay almost $3,000 in unemployment compensation taxes last year. Gary Smith, Narconon Chilocco's president, said Wednesday that failure to pay the tax was an oversight.

"It should have been paid," Smith said. "it's just an administrative oversight but it's being taken care of now."

Smith said the non-profit facility plans to pay the overdue tax this week. The warrant, filed Tuesday, states Narconon Chilocco failed to pay $2,999 in unemployment compensation taxes for the second and third quarters of 1992.

Narconon Chilocco also was hit with a $364 penalty and was charged $74 in interest on the overdue tax.

The warrant seeks a total payment of $3,438.

After a series of delays, the Oklahoma State Department of Health issued a license last fall to Narconon Chilocco, which opened for business more than two years earlier.

Narconon Chilocco is located on the campus of the old Chilocco Indian School about six miles north of Newkirk.