By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS - The Bell County Tax Appraisal District has sued Mayor Mike Aycock's construction company for unpaid property taxes.
The district is seeking $8,644 in unpaid ad valorem taxes on four tracts of land owned by Aycock Construction Inc. The company did not pay its 2010 taxes for the properties, which include its office location on Farm-to-Market 2410.
The company also owes about $1,300 in unpaid unemployment taxes, according to property records.
On Friday, Aycock, who is president and owner of the company, said his lawyer is in the process of working out a payment schedule with the county.
"The taxes, they need to be paid. We've worked out a solution on that, but I didn't know I was being sued," said Aycock, referencing a lawsuit filed against his company by a subcontractor.
Waco-based D & E Builder Supply Inc. claims Aycock Construction failed to pay $10,570 in doors, partitions and other construction materials used in various projects between January and April 2011, according to court documents.
Aycock Construction filed a denial for failing to pay for any of the invoices listed in the lawsuit. Aycock said his company has worked with the supply company for several years, and the lawsuit likely will be settled out of court.
Aycock said the economic downturn since 2008 led to the problems his business now faces. "The construction industry has gone to hell," he said.
While the company has struggled with cash shortages, Aycock said it has numerous properties and other assets that can be liquefied to pay any outstanding bills. He added that some problems also have resulted from a secretary leaving the company four months ago, causing paperwork to be backed up.
"We've been through down times before, but we ride through them," Aycock said. "I've been through this about four times. When the economy goes down, you downsize and ride it out."
Aycock Construction currently employs three people - Aycock, his wife and son. When projects ramp up, the company can employ as many as 30 people, he said.
The company specializes in commercial construction and has been in business since Aycock's father started the company in 1975.
Aycock, who was elected mayor in May, also served two terms on the city council from 2004 to 2010.
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