Belhaven leaders agree to file IRS complaint against Pantego Creek LLC, Vidant health

BELHAVEN, NC (WNCT)- The Town of Belhaven will formally file a complaint with the IRS, in an effort to save Vidant Pungo Hospital.

Mayor Adam O’Neal said the council unanimously agreed Friday morning to make the complaint against Pantego Creek LLC and Vidant Health, claiming the two provided misinformation.

The town has put in two bids to buy the property this week, both of which were declined by Pantego Creek LLC, claiming the property was more valuable than the $500,000 offer.

According to O’Neal, the land property is only worth $490,600. The building is another $250,000 value.

Arey Grady, Pantego Creek LLC’s attorney said this is O’Neal “desperation end-run.”

“As with every other formal review of Pantego Creek’s actions over the last three years, we will provide these agencies with any information and facts they may seek to review,” said Grady on Friday. “We are absolutely confident there will be no negative findings against the LLC or our attorneys.”

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Belhaven leaders are holding an emergency meeting Friday morning, to file new complaints against Vidant Health and Pantego Creek LLC.

It will be held at 10:00 a.m. Mayor Adam O’Neal says the town council is filing to the IRS for non profit actions of the group.

There will also be direction to lodge a complaint with NC Bar Association for actions of Pantego Creek’s attorney Arey Grady and Vidant’s attorney involved in the removal of Judge Milton Fitch.

Earlier in the week, the city put in a bid to buy the Vidant Pungo hospital property, however Pantego Creek turned it down saying the site was more valuable than the offers.

Last week, crews began the demolition process by removing asbestos and mold from the building.


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