LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – By now you've heard the controversy over a Lubbock City councilman's tax debt. At issue is whether or not Councilman Victor Hernandez should be removed from office because he hadn't paid his tax bill. The city charter, Lubbock's version of the constitution, forbids city employees and elected officials from being indebted to the city.
Hernandez paid his $10,000 tax bill one day before council took up the matter. Now the decision has been deferred to a district judge. And during all of this, KCBD NewsChannel 11 discovered that a high ranking city official also owed back taxes. Assistant city manager Quincy White owed more than $4,000 before he paid in full on Monday.
Consider This: Paid up or not, it never should have gotten to this point. They are in charge of overseeing and managing your hard earned tax dollars. Yet they hadn't even paid their taxes? I realize a councilman is paid virtually nothing to serve. That's still no excuse. On the other hand, asst. City Manager Quincy White makes more than $150,000 a year. And he can't pay his taxes? That's right, he is paid $150,000 to help run this city. And he has paid late eight out of the last thirteen years! I am sorry but how can we trust that he will handle city business better than he does his own. And I'm not buying the argument that nobody knew about this rule. You can't get out of a speeding ticket by saying you didn't see the sign. You still have to pay the fine. Regardless of what the judge rules on Hernandez I hope the city manager doesn't ignore the issue she has with her assistant city manager.
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