Candidate’s tax bill caught up |

Candidate’s tax bill caught up

A worker for Rene Antonson’s supervisorial campaign told The Union this week that opposing candidate Robin Sutherland was two years behind in paying property taxes.

The Union quickly learned the delinquency wasn’t for that long and that Sutherland’s tax payments are now up to date.

Dave Friedrichsen, who admitted he works on Antonson’s District 4 campaign, claimed in a Thursday e-mail that Sutherland’s property taxes were delinquent.

Taxes on property owned by Sutherland went unpaid from April 2001 until Jan. 31, 2001, according to records at the Nevada County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office.

Sutherland said she and her husband paid their property taxes due in December in the tax collector’s office and that no mention was made that a prior installment was unpaid.

“It’s just an oversight between us,” Sutherland said about herself and her husband. “I thought he paid them, and he thought I paid them.”

Sutherland said she was first made aware of the delinquent tax bill when someone called in to the KNCO-AM radio program on which she was appearing. “As soon as it was brought up on the radio, I went in and paid it up,” she aid.

A payment of $539.66 on Jan. 31 made Sutherland’s property taxes current, Marla Gillard, assistant tax collector, said.

“It’s not the first politician that’s been behind,” Gillard said. “If it’s been five years, then it would be a big story.”

Sutherland said the call to the radio station was a cheap shot.

” I’m very flattered that Mr. Antonson and his followers are so interested in me,” Sutherland said. “We pay our taxes.”

“We got an anonymous letter in the mail” about the tax allegations, Antonson said late Friday. “We found out through the tax office that indeed she hadn’t paid her taxes. I just feel if someone runs for office, they ought to be better rs than that.”

– Grace Karpa

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