CECIL, GA (WALB) - Cook County officials are glad South Georgia Motorsports park will be open Labor Day weekend, despite an ongoing tax fraud investigation.
On August 24th, the Georgia Department of Revenue shut down the track and accused one of the track's owners, Kimberly Wood, of failing to report at least $90,000 in sales tax revenue from the track.
County Commission chairman Michael Dinnerman said the county's economy depends a lot on events at the track, including Labor Day weekend races.
"The race track's important to us. It means tourism and jobs," said Dinnerman. "We're excited that they're gonna let 'em run. We hope they get everything worked out for the future. They've got a big race coming up in September."
Kimberly Wood is currently charged with one count of theft by taking sales tax and one count of theft by taking withholding as the investigation continues. A civil lawsuit has also been fled in Cook County Superior Court against her and her husband Rowland Wood, who is also an owner of the track. So far though, Kimberly Wood is the only one facing charges.