September 8, 2011
Running in Ward VI against a popular incumbent was going to be tough. Running in Ward VI when you have the baggage of a previous felony conviction was going to be even tougher. Running for the Ward VI when you owe two previous years worth of property taxes and are apparently in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings could be nearly impossible.
Now that qualifying is over, the Herald has begun its due diligence process. Namely that consists of taking all of the candidates and running background checks through the legal system, checking tax records and state offices to make sure they are and have been doing what they are supposed to do.
A quick check with the Dougherty County Tax office shows that out of all the candidates seeking public office this campaign season, only one has any outstanding taxes...Victor Edwards.
According to public records, Victor and his wife Juanita owe a total of $1,509.18 in back property taxes. More than $778.51 from 2009 and $569.89 from 2010.
Ordinarily, after two years of non-payment, the property would find itself on the auction block. But the tax department has apparently received a notice of pending bankruptcy, which, under Georgia law, prevents county's from transferring property until the bankruptcy proceedings are resolved.
Now some will say that Edwards' financial issues are his own. And to an extent, they would be right. But when one runs for public office, one's finances are often the first to be scrutinized under the doctrine of "how one keep's one's own house is often an indicator of how they'll treat yours if invited in."
Now whether Edwards' financial woes are a product of a struggling economy or a symptom of a larger fiscal management problem is unknown