TNGOP Slams Ball Over Owing More Than $46K in Unpaid Taxes, Fees in S.C.

Press release from the Tennessee Republican Party; October 22, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–The Memphis Commercial Appeal today reports that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball owes nearly $50,000 in unpaid taxes and fees.

Based on his responses in the article, Gordon Ball doesn’t think this is a big deal. But when Tennesseans are facing higher premiums from ObamaCare (which Ball supports) and with a payroll tax increase supported by Ball, voters have every right to be concerned about this information.

Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney stated, “Gordon Ball clearly isn’t concerned with the fact he owes nearly $50,000 in fees and taxes, and that may be why he supports policies hammering Tennessee families with higher taxes and fees. It takes a severe level of cognitive dissonance to be this careless with your own finances but then expect Tennesseans to pay taxes and fees to then pay for big government policies immediately.”

In an interview this summer, Ball discussed supporting ObamaCare, as well as a higher payroll tax–a policy that would wreak havoc on Tennesseans’ wallets.

From the Memphis Commercial Appeal report:

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball owes more than $46,000 in fees on property he owns in a resort near Hilton Head, South Carolina, and two entities have filed liens on the property in an attempt to get him to pay up, according to public records.

Ball, a millionaire attorney who is challenging Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Nov. 4 election, also paid more than $15,000 in back taxes last month on a condominium in Destin, Florida, and still owes $2,100 in delinquent taxes on another condo in Destin, according to tax records in Florida.

Ball acknowledged during an interview on Tuesday he hasn’t paid the fees on the South Carolina property, which he said help pay for maintenance at the resort.

…the Tennessee Republican Party blasted Ball for failing to pay the fees.

“A man who supports a higher payroll tax and higher Obamacare fees on Tennessee families but is behind the ball on his own fiscal house isn’t a conservative — he’s a hypocrite,” said Brent Leatherwood, the state party’s executive director.

Records on file in the Beaufort County Office of the Register of Deeds show that Ball owes $46,525 in fees on the property — $24,077 to the Palmetto Bluff Preservation Trust and $22,448 to the Palmetto Bluff Club. Each entity filed liens on the property in 2010 and has since filed three notices — in 2012, 2013, and most recently, Sept. 18 of this year — indicating the fees remain unpaid.

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