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Decker Electric owner is stunned at tax warrant, says there must be an error

WICHITA — When there's an article about a business' delinquent taxes, Steve Decker of Decker Electric generally doesn't believe when people say they don't owe money or are surprised by the warrant.

"I read these all the time, and I say, 'Yeah, right,' because, you know, the state doesn't really mess up."

Now, though, he contends it has.

Decker was stunned to get a call from The Eagle Wednesday asking about a $34,442.44 tax warrant against his business.

"They obviously have made some sort of an error," Decker says.

"I'm really glad you're calling me. Obviously, this is going to be a pretty good-size problem because I'm going to get all kind of calls."

Decker says his business was audited by the state a couple of years ago. There was a question about some payments, which he says he was able to prove that aircraft companies he did work for paid to the state directly.

After that, he says he never heard anything further or if the case was closed.

"I just think that somewhere up there this slipped through the cracks," Decker says.