Mayor hit with lien for unpaid taxes

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A tax lien placed against the property of Georgetown Mayor Jack Scoville will be taken care of “as soon as possible,” he said Monday.

A notice from the S.C. Dept. of Revenue shows the lien is in the amount of $6,165 for unpaid individual income taxes but Scoville owes more than $6,435 because of a $185 penalty and $86 in interest.

The notice was filed Sept. 18.

Scoville said this situation had nothing to do with his bringing up the topic of a raise for the mayor and council members during a meeting in August. Council, last week, did vote to increase the stipend received but the amount of the increase has not been decided. Scoville’s original recommendation was to increase the mayor’s stipend from $7,500 to $24,000 and council’s pay from $4,800 to $18,000.

“This has nothing to do with the salary increase because that will only apply after two years,” Scoville said.

Scoville, a lawyer, said one reason the taxes have not been paid is because he is waiting to be paid by a client.

“I have been working on a large personal injury settlement that will enable me to pay this off in full but the insurance company recently changed adjusters on the case so that has been delayed,” he said. “I had a much greater tax liability last year than I had anticipated. It will be paid as soon as possible. Every lawyer I know except the ones handling bankruptcies and foreclosures have had to cut back because of the recession.”

Scoville said he also feels this year’s election — in which he beat Republican Richard Powers by 40 votes — played a role in the matter.

“I am sure all the negative campaigning against me in the recent election has had an effect on my law practice,” he said.

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