Good thing South Florida has Willard Shepard reporting the breaking news for our local NBC affiliate, a/k/a Channel 6. Otherwise we might never have found out that our North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo owes property taxes on his home. Now this is a real scandalous story of epic proportions. Thank God Willard Shepard is on the case!
Damn good thing Mr. Vallejo doesn’t have access to the city checkbook or who knows what might happen, huh? Whew! That’s a relief!
Damn good thing we have a City Manager, who is in charge of signing the checks and not that scoundrel of a Mayor, huh? Whew! That’s a relief!
Damn good thing we have a Finance Department, which is hopefully in better shape now that former Finance Director Susan Gooding-Liburd, a crony of fired City Manager Kelvin Baker, is gone after making a mere million dollar mistake in the budget report, and under whose watch, along with the former ousted mayor Myron Rosner, $2.6 million was embezzled. Whew! That’s a relief!
We simply can’t let Mayor Vallejo get away with this blatant “abuse of power” or next thing you know he’ll be bullying Building Department officials into issuing him permits for construction without applying for variances, bypassing having to pay the City of North Miami Beach thousands of dollars in fees.
Next thing you know he’ll be threatening residents with code violations if they criticize him or simply won’t put his campaign signs in their yards.
Next thing you know he’ll be bullying city vendors into giving him thousands of dollars’ worth of free advertising on their bus benches and claiming only a $500.00 in kind donation on his campaign treasurers report.
God only knows WHAT the Mayor will do if we let him get away with paying his real estate taxes late, even if he has to pay the interest on the bill!
If we don’t bring Mayor Vallejo down for the heinous crime of paying his property taxes late, next thing you know he’ll be breaking the law!
What would happen if one day he decided to run for Congress, like United States Representative Charlie Rangel, who owed taxes on the rental income of his beachfront house for which he took in $1,500,000.00 over a twenty year period from 1988 to 2008, or who improperly used official government resources to raise funds for his Rangel Center foundation, and was also was found guilty of filing a decade’s worth of misleading annual financial disclosure forms that failed to list hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets, all the while he was and still is a Congressman. We can’t let THAT happen!
If the Mayor isn’t denigrated for being late in paying his real property taxes, what would happen if one day he was appointed as the Secretary of the United States Treasury, like Timothy Geithner, who is now in charge of the Internal Revenue Service, and owed $34,000.00 in back income tax while he was being sworn in to run the very agency to which he owed the money. We can’t let THAT happen!
If George Vallejo isn’t brought to his knees for paying his real estate taxes late, what would happen if one day he decided to run for the office of the presidency of the United States? Who knows? Maybe a crack reporter like Willard Shepard would uncover the fact that George had a questionable social security number issued from a state in which he never even lived, like Connecticut, for example. Or, perhaps the Mayor’s wife might have been disbarred from practicing law by an agency of the Supreme Court of Illinois. We can’t let THAT happen!
No, Mayor Vallejo has absolutely no excuse whatsoever not to pay his real estate taxes on time. Someone just commented on one of my recent columns, “I personally don’t like my tax bill but save all year long in anticipation of fullfilling [sic] this obligation to our Goverment [sic], I don’t like it one bit but believe that it is a responsiblity [sic] that we all have.” He is absolutely correct. The Mayor should have been saving all year long to pay this bill instead of allowing himself to be affected by the drastic decline in his mortgage business due to the real estate market’s crash. The Mayor should not have allowed the horrendous economy to force him to feed his children instead of paying his real estate taxes on time. The Mayor should not have spent the last three months at City Hall his every waking hour trying to fix the disaster he inherited from his predecessor, instead of working to try to salvage what little mortgage business is trickling in now. The Mayor should have put his own personal issues ahead of the residents of North Miami Beach, and focused solely on his own problems instead of the future of our city.
No, that kind of unselfish dedication should never go unpunished!
Damn good thing we have Willard Shepard to bring us this scandalous story. I mean who cares about gang shootings and rogue cops threatening residents anyway? Nothing, I mean absolutely NOTHING is more newsworthy than the Mayor’s paying his real estate taxes late! If we don’t stop Mayor George Vallejo from committing such heinous a crime, who knows where this could lead?
Thank you, Mr. Shepard! Your investigative reporting is just too sexy for this one horse town. I hear the Weekly World News has an opening for someone with your extraordinary talents, which are just going to waste down here. Maybe you should consider applying for the job. You’d be perfect!
“Spreading the Wealth”