Democrat challenger for Texas Senate raised taxes but often didn’t pay her share

Here’s a fun run-up to the election story out of the D/FW region involving a state senate seat (SD10) held by a strong conservative but with voter numbers that make a Democrat victory possible.

From Empower Texan’s Texas Scorecard:

State Sen. Konni Burton 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.”

Beverly Powell Has a Problem Paying Her Taxes

Yesterday, during a recording for a debate between my opponent and me on WFAA, Beverly Powell outright lied when she denied having been sued to pay over $7,000 in local property taxes she owed. It’s not up for debate. It’s a matter of public record. In fact, click on this link to find the documents and go to page 20. https://konniburton.com/2018/09/powell-tax-delinquencies-exposed/Now 24 hours later, she’s acknowledging her legal problems over property taxes but making excuses for herself.Maybe if this was a single occurrence her excuses would be acceptable, but unfortunately this is anything but a single lapse in judgment. Beverly Powell has a long, well documented history of failing to pay taxes. Since 2003 Powell has had 8 different liens placed against her for failing to pay $22,585 in various state and federal taxes. Yet once elected to school board she was more than happy to vote to raise property taxes on every single home and business owner. Hypocrisy, much?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”. #KeepSD10Red

Posted by Konni Burton on Sunday, September 30, 2018

 

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.

Senator Burton rightly pointed out the hypocrisy of Democrat Powell repeatedly voting to raise property taxes while on the school board but avoiding paying them herself.

Par for the political course, isn’t it?

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