CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Entities owned by Jim Justice, from his famous Greenbrier resort to mining and agriculture companies, owe at least $3.9 million in delinquent property taxes to at least six cash-strapped Southern West Virginia counties for the just-completed tax year, records show.
Justice’s companies owe property taxes on real estate and personal property in Greenbrier, Raleigh, McDowell, Wyoming, Monroe and Fayette counties.
Property taxes in West Virginia (for the second half of the year) were first due March 1 and became delinquent April 1.
Justice, the state’s richest man and the leading Democratic candidate for governor, owns 97 privately held businesses, according to a financial disclosure filed with the West Virginia Ethics Commission.
At least 15 of those companies, plus Justice personally, owe West Virginia property taxes from the past year.
Justice, through a campaign spokesman, declined an interview request.
“The accounting division pays our property taxes every year in April,” Terry Miller, an accountant for Justice’s companies, said in a prepared statement. “This year is no different and the taxes will absolutely be paid…