UPDATE, 4:21 p.m.: Karen Bennett said she wasn’t aware of last year’s late tax payments.
“My husband was in charge of paying them last year,” she said. “I guess it really wouldn’t surprise me any.”
UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Mike Peden, the man who filed the ethics complaint against Karen Bennett, produced a Davidson County record today showing that Bennett and her husband, Jon, were nearly three months late with tax payments on three of their properties last year.
ORIGINAL POST: Two days after Metro lawyers recommended dismissal of an ethics complaint filed against Councilwoman Karen Bennett over her unpaid property taxes – and a day after she blasted the complainant – Bennett settled up with the city this morning.
The second-term councilwoman paid $6,492.71 to the Davidson County Trustee’s Office, making Metro whole on the four properties she hadn’t previously paid, Trustee Charlie Cardwell confirmed. Taxes were due Feb. 29.
“This is difficult financial times for all of us,” she said in a phone interview. “We’re all trying to balance our personal budget and make ends meet.”
Bennett, a residential real estate appraiser for 22 years, said she didn’t remember ever being late with tax payments before. She said she had to refinance a loan to free up the money she used to pay her tax bills today.
“This is the first year it’s really been a struggle,” she said.