Actor, animal-rights activist and model Pamela Anderson is running late on last year’s property taxes in her hometown of Ladysmith.
A Ladysmith tax certificate — a document outlining account status — issued this week shows Anderson owes $31,000 that was due last year for her five-acre waterfront property. The amount includes $28,619 in taxes and a penalty of $2,861, plus smaller additional charges.
Anderson’s business manager in Los Angeles said Thursday he believes the former star of TV’s Baywatch paid her taxes last year to the town, adding, “I’m looking into the matter to see where the discrepancy is.”
Last month, the celebrity news website TMZ reported that Anderson owes money to U.S. government agencies.
The amount totals more than $370,000, according to tax liens filed against Anderson, who reportedly owes $259,395 to the Internal Revenue Service and $112,119 to the state of California, both for the 2011 tax year.
Anderson’s grandparents once operated a holiday cottage on the five-acre waterfront Ladysmith site. She teamed up with friend and former NHL player Geoff Courtnall to win rezoning in 2008 for a proposed $50-million, 83-unit residential project called Arcadia at Oyster Bay. The development has not yet been built. The property is assessed at $3.4 million and has a 11Ú2-storey house on it, according to B.C. Assessment.
Ladysmith has a population of just over 8,000. Its website states property taxes are the most important source of municipal revenue.
The town’s financial plan shows $6.68 million was expected from 2012 property taxes and $7.3 million from 2013 taxes.
Ladysmith finance director Erin Anderson would not speak about specific properties, but said annual property taxes are due on July 2 or the first business day after that date. A total of 92 per cent of property taxes were paid last year, she said.
A municipality can put a property up for sale if taxes are not paid for three years, she said.
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