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Halvorson Looks to Dodge His Tax Bill

March 9, 2015

 Elling Halvorson owes $700,000 in sales tax from his helicopter tour company. But he doesn't want to pay up. Instead, he is asking the Arizona Legislature to change the rules. According to the Associated Press,  Republican Rep. Justin Olson sponsored a bill in response to  a January court ruling that found Papillon owes the government nearly $700,000 plus interest in state sales taxes for lease income and engines, rotors and other equipment it bought from 2003 through 2006.

This is true to form for Halvorson who employs Councilmembers Greg Bryan, Al Montoya, and Craig Sanderson. He and his business partner Stilo have written some big checks in the past to make sure elections go their way to they can get their development project approved.

Now Halvorson wants to change the rules so he doesn't have to pay his taxes. 

 The help from Olson is not unexpected as employees of Policy Development Group have contributed to Olson’s campaigns during the last two election cycles. PDG is the firm representing Stilo's development project.