- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Arrangements have been made to pay past-due bills for workers’ compensation and property insurance at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, its executive director said Wednesday.

Jason McIntosh told The Associated Press that a check for about $11,200 for the workers’ compensation premium was to be wired Wednesday to State Farm Insurance and that more than $2,900 owed to Tulsa County for property insurance has been sent to the county.

State Farm attorney Rick White said he had no information about a check clearing, and it was unclear late Wednesday whether the check had cleared. Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo said his staff had not yet received its check from the jazz hall.

White said if the workers’ compensation check didn’t clear by Wednesday, the jazz hall could face seizure of its assets. A hearing to begin that process, if needed, has been scheduled Thursday in Tulsa County District Court, White said.

McIntosh said the organization is on better financial footing.

“We’re not on easy street, but I think a lot of times there are some folks who want us to disappear,” McIntosh said. “We’re 100 percent privately funded. They could care less you’re working with disadvantaged youth, doing all these musical programs, but nobody cares.”

The Tulsa-based nonprofit has a history of making late payments to cover expenses dating back to 2012, when it had to raise more than $75,000 to pay overdue debts or face eviction from the Art Deco-style Union Depot building the museum leases from the county.

Last August, the jazz hall payment of $8,192 in downtown assessment fees came four days late, and weeks earlier, the Hall of Fame was about two weeks late in paying a $3,059 property insurance bill.

The tardiness has also tested the patience of county officials. In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith said the late payments had become “a headache.”



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