Thursday, October 24, 2013

Not A Good Look

If a cat really has nine lives. Janis Fullilove must be a feline. I thought there was already an ethics clause in place on the council. But it must not have any teeth.This new initiative by Councilman Edmund Ford Jr.was put in place just for her. She has been charged with DUI, domestic violence and acquiring a fraudulent drivers license after hers' had been revoked. Now she is being accused of being at the council meeting under the influence of alcohol. The absence last week was not a coincidence. A move to cover herself on her latest ordeal is already underway.

Why would you want the record not to reveal your position, not just how you voted? That sounds like you're dealing in deceit. All this money going to Cooper Young, Downtown, Harbour Town and Overton Square  requires seven votes on the council. She wants the doors to stay open for her to get her share of the bribes. Edmund Ford Jr and Harold Collins are tired of being the whipping boys while Joe Brown and Myron Lowery are somewhat irrelevant. The only one making money under the table is Wanda Halbert. You don't hear her at all these days. Lee Harris is being used by both sides. So don't rest your cares on him. He is that soft one in the window.

Pride always comes before destruction. People are getting tired of having their intelligence taken for granted.  You can't just continue to tell your supporters whatever comes to mind. Having people like Greg Grant, Karl Shledwitz and David Upton on speed dial is problematic. None of them would make a good character reference. She even has ties to the societal misfit. You aren't responsible for the actions of others. But birds of a feather flock together. In any event. That's not a good look.


Blogger Common said...

Janis Fullilove

Council member Fullilove falls behind in paying taxes

Already in the glare of criticism for a series of public foibles, Memphis City Council member Janis Fullilove also is struggling behind the scenes to pay off a growing arrearage in her city and county taxes.

Fullilove, whose erratic conduct left some believing she was intoxicated at the last City Council meeting — who has three drunken-driving convictions since 1995 and who’s filed twice for bankruptcy — also owes $3,534 in delinquent property taxes, records show.

That includes three years of back taxes owed to the city of Memphis on her modest, three-bedroom home south of Memphis International Airport.

She’s been chipping away at her tax debt, coughing up $200 cash in July and making another $100 payment by check in September. An official said last week Fullilove wasn’t keeping pace with a pledge to the Shelby County Trustee’s Office to pay off her debt through regular installments — but then she made another $100 payment on Friday, after The Commercial Appeal began asking questions.

Fullilove, 63, who argued for a tax increase during last summer’s budget hearings, did not respond to an e-mail message sent to her city account or to a second message left in the door at her home.

Councilman Shea Flinn, who sits next to Fullilove at the council dais in City Hall, said he was unaware of her tax issues, but said Fullilove’s scenario of imposing taxes on others yet failing to pay her own erodes public confidence.

“Janis is a friend. I don’t want to be piling on her. But we all have to live under the same set of laws and rules. When you’re setting the rate you have to eat your own cooking,’’ Flinn said.

Disenchantment with elected officials who don’t honor their tax debts has led to push back in some parts of the country.

Missouri passed a law in 2006 that disqualifies candidates for some elected offices who are delinquent in the payment of state income or property taxes. It’s unclear how effective the law has been. Missouri Secretary of State spokesman Kevin Flannery said he had no information on enforcement or legal challenges, but said, “I do know we do our best to carry out the law.’’


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Blogger Common said...

Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said Tennessee has a similar law that bans people from public office who “are defaulters to the treasury at the time of election.’’ However, the law is unclear. Goins said it applies to officials already in office and doesn’t set qualifications for candidates seeking office; therefore his office has no jurisdiction to police it.

“Ultimately, a court could look at the facts’’ of a given case if there was a court challenge, he said.

Richard Winger, the editor of Ballot Access News who studies ballot qualification issues nationally, said a couple of states have proposed disqualification of candidates with tax delinquencies but said the issue is messy legally.

“These are very borderline as to whether they are constitutional,’’ Winger said.

Fullilove, a member of the council since 2007 who was re-elected in 2011, is delinquent on her 2011, 2012 and 2013 city taxes — a total of $1,971, records show.

She is also delinquent on her 2011 and 2012 county taxes — another $1,563. Her 2013 county taxes, totaling $660, become delinquent March 1.

She has a long history of financial troubles.

Fullilove filed for bankruptcy in 1996 under a Chapter 13 “wage earner’’ plan in which a filer attempts to pay off some or all of his or her debt. She filed again last year under Chapter 7, in which unsecured debts such as credit card debt is discharged or forgiven. According to Fullilove’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition, she had $29,700 of such debt, including unpaid credit card, medical and gambling debts.

According to Trustee’s Office records, a mortgage company was paying the property taxes on Fullilove’s home at 3320 Morningview Drive until 2010. In 2011, Fullilove assumed payment of the taxes. She fell behind, and made an informal pledge in July to pay $100 a month until she catches up.

“ ... That’s largely been ignored,’’ Trustee’s spokesman Christopher Sheffield said in an e-mail. “ ... Ms. Fullilove has not entered into a formal payment plan with our office.’’

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