Grand Forks City Council Candidate 2 Years Behind on Property Taxes
Earlier today SAB reported how Burleigh County Commissioners Mark Armstrong, Jerry Woodcox, and Doug Schonert had an established track record of delinquency in paying their property taxes. Now, according to a record search performed online at the Grand Forks County website, it has been discovered Grand Forks City Council Candidate Donald Forsman is over $4,600 behind on his property taxes.
Forsman, who is running for the Ward 3 seat being vacated by retired UND professor and state legislator Eliot Glassheim, is in a three way race against Daniel Hennessy and Bret Weber. Neither of these candidates, or others running for or sitting on the Grand Forks City Council, had a record of delinquencies on their property taxes. Frosman’s exact balance owed is $4,625.87, broken down as follows:
Donald Forsman Property Taxes
2011: $2,214.61 owed, including $34.22 in Penalties – currently unpaid
2010: $2,411.26 owed, including $279.58 in Penalties and Interest – currently unpaid
2009: $2,231.49 owed, including $100.50 in Penalties – Paid on Sep 13, 2010
2008: $2,136.21 owed, including $95.19 in penalties – Paid on Oct 01, 2009
It would seem to me that if a person has money to fund a campaign for public office, they should have money to make good on their property taxes. After all, that is what funds their city council salaries. It is also pretty irresponsible to be running for a leadership position in city government when you are not toeing the line of being a responsible citizen first.
Perhaps Frosman will join Armstrong, Woodcox, and Schonert in supporting Measure 2, which would eliminate property taxes. we are standing by for their joint press release.