Texas Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Owes $12k In Back Taxes

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is blaming sitting Gov. Greg Abbott for the fact that she owes some $12,000 in overdue property taxes. Valdez, in a statement delivered by campaign spokesman Juan Bautista Dominguez, claimed that Abbott is responsible for the high property taxes in Texas.

“As we’ve been saying all along, under Greg Abbott’s failed leadership, property taxes are unpredictable and burdensome for Texans everywhere, including Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Sheriff Valdez has an agreement with the counties to payoff 2017 property taxes and plans to do so entirely in the coming months.”

According to online property tax records reviewed by mySanAntonio.com, Valdez owns or has an interest in some 15 properties, and has taxes that are considered delinquent on seven of them. County records show that Valdez has been making payments, but if they are not paid in full by July, the state will send them to a collection agency.

In addition, the Houston Chronicle noted that Valdez failed to provide several details on her official financial disclosure form going into her campaign.

“A Dallas property that she owns is not listed, and two companies listed on the filing have incorrect names on the form. Her campaign attributes those mistakes to typos.”

Texas is one of seven states (the others are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming) that do not have a personal income tax, but instead levy sales taxes and taxes on personal property.