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5/6/10

KCBD investigates school board candidates' tax histories

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - After examining the tax records for school board candidates in the areas three largest districts, KCBD found very different results from Monday's investigation into Lubbock City Council Candidates.

School board members held decide how your tax dollars are used within their district. In fact the biggest chunk of your tax bill goes to the school district.

Following Monday's investigation, we examined property tax records from the Lubbock Central Appraisal District (LCAD) for candidates running for Frenship, Lubbock, and Lubbock-Cooper school board positions.

Out of 19 candidates, we only found one who owed when early voting began. Chris Comer, current Lubbock ISD Trustee who's running unopposed for re-election, owed on his 2009 property taxes.

When contacted by KCBD, comer sent us this statement: "As of today (Thursday), the outstanding property tax balance has been paid.  I regret the poor example I have set for the for the citizens of Lubbock, and I am terribly embarrassed about the situation.  Until this year, my payment record with LCAD has been perfect, therefore, the problem is isolated in nature and will never occur again.  Again, the bottom line is the outstanding balance has been paid.  I appreciate KCBD NewsChannel 11 for your investigative work which justifiably uncovers issues like this - the citizens of Lubbock need to know and have a right to know."

We also found school board candidate Steve Massengale in the Lubbock ISD had paid late fees in the past, according to LCAD records. The rest of the candidates, we checked did not owe, and had not paid late fees according to the same records.

If you would like to check up on any elected official's tax payment history, it's all public information.  (Click Here) to check for yourself.

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