McCaskill plane woes continue
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:00:08 GMT — Update: March 23 at 3:05 p.m.:
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill could owe a total of nearly $320,000 in overdue property taxes, interest and penalties on an airplane that has caused her political headaches.
McCaskill sent about $287,000 to St. Louis County earlier this week after acknowledging that property taxes had not been paid on a plane owned by a company in which she and her husband have an interest. But that may not be enough money.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday the county determined McCaskill's bill to be $319,541. That amount is still pending confirmation by the State Tax Commission.
Earlier this month, McCaskill reimbursed the U.S. Treasury $88,000 for 89 trips on the plane, at least two of which included political events. McCaskill said she wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict.Original Story: Sen. Claire McCaskill is paying more than $280,000 in back personal property taxes for a plane she co-owns with her husband and other investors.McCaskill sent a check on Monday to St. Louis County to cover the back-taxes. The twin-engine plane is hangared there. She said the unpaid taxes were a mistake and that no one was trying to hide the plane.McCaskill said monthly sales taxes have been paid for several years.The plan is owned by a company incorporated by McCaskill's husband. Her Senate office paid to use the plane, but last week repaid the U.S. Treasury for the flights. Her office said Senate use of the plane is allowed under Senate rules.On Monday, McCaskill confirmed that her husband will be selling the plane and she does not plan to use it again.Last week, the Missouri GOP filed an ethics complaint against McCaskill for her use of the plane. She paid nearly $80,000 to the U.S. Treasury for trips made on the plane.