Yet another Texas Democrat is in the spotlight for failing to pay their property taxes.
State Sen. Konni Burton (R–Colleyville) recently appeared alongside Beverly Powell, her Democrat opponent, for a brief debate on a local television station. During the exchange, Burton dropped the bombshell allegation that Powell was sued for failing to pay $7,000 in property taxes she owed in Johnson County.
Powell initially denied the accusation during the debate, calling the allegation “absolutely not true” and claiming “I have paid every dime of property taxes that I ever owed.”
However, in a statement released shortly after the TV appearance, Powell admitted to settling the tax suit in order to avoid any appearance of impropriety before she was appointed to the Burleson ISD school board.
It now appears this suit wasn’t an isolated incident. Documents released by Burton’s campaign show that Powell has a well-documented history of failing to pay taxes. Since 2003, she has had eight different tax liens placed against her exhibiting a failure to pay nearly $23,000 in various state and federal taxes.
In a statement, Burton pointed out the hypocrisy of Powell, who has voted as a school board member to raise taxes despite avoiding paying them herself.
“Mrs. Powell wants to represent nearly one million Texans, but I doubt those same Texans take kindly to a tax-and-spend liberal whose tax policy is “for thee but not for me,” said Burton.
Powell is not the only Texas Democrat who has come under fire for failing to pay taxes. Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the Democrat nominee against Gov. Greg Abbott, found herself in the spotlight for failing to pay $12,000 in property taxes on seven properties in two counties. Likewise, Rhetta Bowers, the Democrat running against Jonathan Boos for the state house, was also sued for failure to pay taxes on her beach house property in Port Aransas.