Letter: Unpaid taxes, elected officials

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 08:46 PM

To the editor:

This coming week we celebrate two major historical events. The outcome of one event a nation endured; the outcome of the other a nation was severed.

An issue in the second event was taxation without representation. Now that the county, city and school governing bodies have ordained their new budget it is time to focus our attention on unpaid taxes owed by elected representatives.

I propose that our local governing bodies resolve that:

Whereas: all residences and businesses pay property taxes (directly or indirectly) unless legally exempted; and,

Whereas: a person has been elected to a governing body; and,

Whereas: said person has willfully, intentionally or inadvertently failed to pay their individual or business property taxes on or before the due date; and,

Whereas: said person’s employer, partnerships or association has willfully, intentionally or inadvertently failed to pay their individual or business property taxes on or before the due date,

Therefore: the elected representative is allowed only to vote “present” on all matters that come before the governing body, until one calendar year after appropriate taxing authority has recorded the full payment of property taxes including all interest and fees.

Michael Bobbitt

Henderson