Supervisors opt to resume mall rent payments

Marshalltown Development Group LLC now up to date on property taxes

Although the Marshalltown Development Group LLC, a subsidiary of New York-based Kohan Retail Investment Group, has still not paid its outstanding utility bill at the Marshalltown Mall, it was reported during last Wednesday’s Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting that the company is officially up to date on its property taxes about two months after the county opted to hold rent checks on space it is temporarily using to store records.

As a result, the supervisors voted 2-1 during the meeting last week to resume rent payments. Board Chairman Jarret Heil, who cast the dissenting vote, cited the fact that they still haven’t paid the utility bill as the reason for his opposition.

“They’ve met their lease with us. They’ve not met their lease with anyone else, in my understanding,” County Auditor/Recorder Nan Benson said.

All three of the supervisors expressed frustration with the ongoing situation at the mall and the lack of resolution thus far, which Heil described as “messy,” and the failure to live up to the obligations of the lease with the other tenants was the reason he did not wish to resume the payments. Supervisors Carol Hibbs and Steve Salasek countered, however, that as long as the ownership group was current on what it owed to the county, they didn’t see a reason not to pay.

A motion from Salasek, seconded by Hibbs, passed by a 2-1 tally with Heil opposed.


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