State Rep. Victoria Neave (D–Mesquite) is being pursued by the Richardson Independent School District and Dallas County for unpaid property taxes.

The Richardson ISD claim, filed against both Neave and her ex-fiance, former Dallas County Prosecutor Mark Scott, Jr., alleges that she owes Richardson ISD $23,948 for the years 2017 and 2018.

Dallas County filed a lawsuit against her days earlier for over $26,000 in unpaid property taxes.

This brings the total that both local governments state Neave owes to over $50,000.

Neave has admitted to owing the property taxes, saying, “I take full responsibility for being in arrears.” She went on to state that she is putting her house “on the market” and is “working on settling the past due balance as soon as possible.”

This is not Neave’s first brush with the law, having been arrested for drunk driving in 2017.

If even elected officials are having trouble paying their property taxes, is it not time for both property tax reform (which controls the growth of property taxes) and relief (which means you pay less than you did before)?

Texas Scorecard contacted Neave’s office seeking her position on House Bill 2, the property tax reform bill that would put in place an automatic trigger for a vote for an increase in property taxes over 2.5 percent, excluding new growth and local taxing entities that take in less than $15 million in tax revenues. No response has yet been received.

Robert Montoya

Born in Houston, Robert Montoya is an investigative reporter for Texas Scorecard. He believes transparency is the obligation of government.