Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Mayor and His Taxes

***Scoop: must credit Jackson Jambalaya***

Was the placing of Mayor Melton's home into foreclosure proceedings the tip of the iceberg? Yesterday Jackson Jambalaya reported that Mayor Melton had not paid $9,977.23 to Hinds County for his 2007 property taxes. Apparently the Mayor, who thundered he would seize the cars of people for not paying their traffic fines, is late paying his taxes on his home in Texas as well. (It should be noted that Omnibank's attorney said that Mr. Melton had brought his mortgage current and his home was no longer the subject of foreclosure proceedings.)

According to Smith County, Texas online records, the Mayor owes $9,116.54 in unpaid property taxes, including a $596.40 penalty for late payment of taxes for his home which is assessed at $507,100 (note: assessed values by local governments usually understate the fair market value).

One must ask what exactly is going on with our Mayor and his finances, as he faced foreclosure over an interest-only Home Equity Line of Credit second mortgage, which is a 2-year balloon note with a rate adjusting 4 times a year, while owing nearly $20,000 in unpaid property taxes and penalties on two homes. Perhaps the severe financial problems Jackson has faced since Mr. Melton assumed office should come as no surprise.
For more information on the Mayor and his mortgages, see earlier post,


Anonymous said...

Isn't this just like Ladd at the Jackson Free Press? She searches the net for neg pub and always responds like a paranoid dope smoker. Can you spell 'control freak'?

Kingfish said...

She has alerts set up on google and technorati for whenever her name or JFP is mentioned.

HOwever, I will be somewhat of a control freak here and want to stay on this topic, the taxes. The taxes have been late since January 31, 2008 and have a penalty of 7% that accrues monthly.

Anonymous said...

No wonder Ladd doesn't have enough time to have the Jackson Free Press cover this Melton mortgage + taxes story. Freaky.Paranoia.

Anonymous said...

Great scoop 'Fish!

Kingfish said...

all right knuckleheads, knock it off. Lets stay on the point somewhat here, which is what is going on with the mayor?

Foreclosures, delinquent taxes on multiple properties...what is going on here?

Anonymous said...

"I has a crayon"

Anonymous said...

Looks like the C-L ripped you off today. I guess they figure that if Donna Ladd at the Jackson Free Press can rip off the work of other bloggers they should feel free to do the same.

Kingfish said...

and they still got part of it wrong. Gee, I wonder where they get the idea for the story from? Considering the CL was hanging out on this site half the day yesterday.

She still couldn't get it right. About 9000? No, its 9200. And the penalty in Texas is 7%, accrueing monthly. There were some other errors in the story. Can't even cheat right. Sound like Ladd but on things like this I can't say I blame her when she rips them.

Anonymous said...

Can you say "Katherine Crowell" and "plagiarism"?

Zombino! said...

awww leave that woman alone, it's all public records.

Kingfish said...

True enough. All jackassery aside here, its common in the news business for people to work on things at the same time. I remember the JFP breaking the story about the Ridgeway incident. WLBT then reported the story and here came Ladd whining about not getting credit. Well, someone connected with WLBT tried to defend them on the site saying they had their own sources, had been working on it independently etc and that bunch would not hear anything of it. I found out later the WLBT guy was right. It happens. I made a funny joke about Ike Brown last year, Marshall Ramsey had a cartoon a couple of days later with the same joke. I made a funny post about how Marshall was using my stuff, and it was a joke, he emailed me and said he had thought of it the week before. I put that up there, and we both had a good laugh about it as i posted "great minds think alike" instead of ledge ledge ledge.

The Butterknife said...

Information contained in public records (as Zombie stated above) can't really be "plagiarized" because they are considered "common knowledge".

As far as I can tell, none of Fish's writing was copied or used.

Public records are not an "original idea".

Original ideas seem hard to come by-at least around here. ;)

Having a house warming party next weekend, Fish (the "real" one). You are welcome to attend. Will email with details later.

Anonymous said...

YO King, did you see this?

"That information comes from public documents obtained by WLBT. The author of a local web log called "Jackson Jambalaya" brought the documents to our attention earlier this week."

Looks like your story got picked up and unlike the C-L or Donna Ladd at the Jackson Free Press WLBT gives credit where credit is due.

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