Enron Subsidiary Owes $440K in Texas Taxes

Enron Broadband Services, a failed Internet venture of Enron Corp., owes Harris County and other entities about $440,000 in back taxes, county officials said.

Enron Broadband, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Dec. 26, neglected to list nearly $15 million in telecommunications equipment with its 2001 taxable property, county Tax Assessor Paul Bettencourt said in Wednesday's Houston Chronicle.

The taxes were due Jan. 31, 2002.

Back tax owed to the county tax office is $207,000. About $237,000 is owed to the Houston Independent School District, Bettencourt said.

Enron spokesman Mark Palmer said bankruptcy does not preclude the company from paying taxes.

"I'm sure if they are appropriate, and if we owe them, we will pay them," Palmer said.