The Paso Robles Golf Club is delinquent on approximately $310,000 in San Luis Obispo County property taxes and charges, slating the 18-hole golf course for possible public auction next year.
The county Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office can sell a property when it’s been in a tax-defaulted status for five years or more.
But property owners have several chances to stop the process. They have until 5 p.m. on the last business day before an auction to pay their levy to keep the property.
A Paso Robles Golf Club employee who declined to disclose his name said the company that owns the club is “working it out now with the county, and it will be taken care of.”
The employee returned a call from The Tribune requesting comment from club management regarding the back taxes.
He emphasized that the golf club and course aren’t closing, and that business is operating as usual.
The property owner is listed as Zeke Avila & Sons Inc. The golf club employee said Zeke Avila, a Southern California resident, died earlier this year and that his company went to the Avila family estate.
“I do know there have been some inquires in the last few months about initiating an installment plan and what the total owed is,” said Art Bacon, the county’s assistant treasurer-tax collector and public administrator.
A payment plan is an option until June 30, Bacon said. After June 30, the owner must submit a full payoff.
An auction date has not been scheduled yet, Bacon said, but could take place in May 2012.
Little information could be found on Zeke Avila’s corporation, including where it was based. The golf club employee said it once operated in Ventura.
The golf club at 1600 Country Club Drive has defaulted in property taxes since June of fiscal year 2005-06.
The club includes a 6,215-yard course, a pro-shop and a bar/lounge, according to the club’s website. It’s located around homes on the city’s east side off Niblick Road.
It’s not clear whether those assets would be part of an auction.
The property is filed as land with the county Assessor’s Office. The assessed value of the land in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, is about $2.8 million, while the total assessed value of the property and its improvements is assessed at approximately $4 million, according to county records.
Any potential auction would have a starting bid of the total taxes owed and the fees to conduct the sale.
Brothers and former Paso Robles City Councilmen Barney and Dale Schwartz, both deceased, founded the Paso Robles Golf and Country Club in the early 1960s.
Ownership then appeared to change hands an undisclosed number of times. In the mid-1990s, the country club status was dissolved and golf access was made open to the public as it is today.
Zeke Avila & Sons Inc. has owned the property since December 1994, according to county records.
It’s not clear whether the Avila purchase prompted the change from private country club to public access.