Skirvin Hotel ownership groups are in tax dispute

Minority ownership partnership files court proceeding against majority owner.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm •  Published: August 29, 2013

Skirvin Partners in Development is seeking a summary judgment in court against the co-owner of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel over an ongoing tax dispute.

John Weeman, lead partner of Skirvin Partners, filed suit in Oklahoma County District Court on March 15 against Marcus Hotels and Resorts claiming his investment group was deprived of contractually agreed to distributions due to disputed charges by Marcus and other accounting disagreements. The filing sought unspecified damages, a neutral accounting of operations or a receiver to be appointed for the ownership partnership.

Marcus Hotels declined to comment Thursday.

“Given the operating success of the asset, we find it regrettable that this seems to be our only course of action for seeking resolution of this tax matter,” Weeman said after filing for the summary judgment Wednesday. “It is our position per the partnership operating agreement that Marcus Skirvin, as the majority partner, is responsible for this tax obligation, not the minority partner, Skirvin Partners in Development.”

Hotel is a success

Court filings show Marcus owns 60 percent of the operation, while Weeman's group owns 40 percent. The hotel has been widely considered a successful example of public/private redevelopment of a troubled property since it reopened in 2007, with the city steadily recouping its investment and retaining ownership of the land under the hotel.

by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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