Justices on the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday that owners of the Greenetrack racing and bingo facility in Greene County owe $76 million in unpaid taxes, marking the end of an 11-year legal battle.
The dispute began when the Alabama Department of Revenue audited the bingo operation at Greenetrack between 2004 and 2008. State law permits counties to authorize non-profit bingo parlors. To comply with those regulations, the for-profit racetrack brought on several local non-profit partners that received bingo licenses from the Greene County Sheriff.
Several organizations obtained licenses and partnered with Greenetrack, including the Greene County High School, the athletic booster club, scholar’s bowl team, band booster club, math team, choir, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, library club, Future Homemakers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, parent-teacher association and student government association, according to the opinion.