In light of the recent uproar in St. Louis County over the hiring of a tax collector who owes over $2,200 in personal property taxes (PPT), I thought I’d do a check to see if any elected officials (note: the collector in STL County was hired, not elected) in our county are late on their payments. The county website makes it pretty easy to find this information. I searched for those who will be holding county executive or council positions next year (i.e. those newly elected plus those elected in 2010), and also the current mayor and city council in Arnold.
Out of these individuals, I found one delinquency: Arnold Ward 4 councilwoman Sandra Kownacki. She owes $244.53 from 2011 on her 2005 Toyota Camry. She hasn’t paid her 2012 PPT yet, but they aren’t due until the end of the year (I haven’t paid mine for this year yet, either). She was several months late paying her 2008 and 2009 PPT as well.
Now, what people choose to do with this information is up to them. Kownacki’s term is up in April, and she has filed to run again. This issue could arise in the race, on the argument that those who spend our tax dollars darn well better pay their own taxes. I vaguely recall that there was a question in Crystal City a year or two ago about whether city employees and/or elected officials should be required to be up-to-date on their taxes. I think Debbie McKenna raised the issue, but I don’t think anything came of it. Other people might argue that, if delinquents want to pay the late fees, they can go ahead and pay after the deadline.