Records show 3 councilmembers owe thousands in property taxes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Just one day after the city council voted against an increase in property taxes, FOX13 found out three city council members did not pay their property taxes.

One council member paid their taxes Wednesday, another planned on paying Friday and the third one said it’s none of our business.

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FOX13 asked Councilman Martavius Jones why he didn’t pay his taxes on Tuesday night.

Jones said, “that’s a non-issue because when I pay the city, the city will have more revenue than it would normally.”

Records from the Shelby County Trustee website show Jones owes over $4,200 in property taxes for the past two years for two different properties.

Even though he hasn’t paid his own property taxes, he pushed to raise everyone else’s during the council meeting on Monday but it failed.

On Monday afternoon, he told FOX13 he planned on paying his taxes on Friday.

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FOX13 also called Councilwoman Jamita Swearengen.

According to the Shelby County Trustees website she owed more than $1,000 dollars in property taxes for five locations in 2020.

When we checked the website later, her taxes were paid.

However, Swearengen was not available for comment.

FOX13 then talked to councilman Edmund Ford Sr. on the phone.

On the Trustee website, it showed he owes over $1,800 in property taxes from 2020.

When FOX13 asked when he planned on paying his taxes, he said it was none of our business.

Again, FOX13 never received an explanation from any of the council members about why they didn’t pay their taxes on time.

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