Updated: 08/19/2013 7:16 PM
Created: 08/19/2013 6:31 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
A congressman is in hot water over paying his property taxes late 38 times. Congressman Tom Reed says all of his taxes are up to date now, but he does admit he was late dozens of times over the last eight years.
Reed says he paid more than $3,000 in penalties and interest. The congressman says he paid every fine the average person would pay for being late. Reed says, in most of the late payments, the property was owned by his law firm or one of his business partnerships. Congressional rules say he can't have any day to day oversight of those businesses, but that doesn't explain why he was late 14 times paying property tax on his own home and his family lake house.
Rep. Tom Reed, (R) 23rd Congressional District, said, “We have a great team, my wife and I. I take responsibility for it, but because we share responsibility of our household, it's something that her and I will strive to make sure we improve upon.”
Congressman Reed spoke to reporters on a conference call. He didn't apologize about the late tax payments, but he acknowledged them.
Rep. Tom Reed said, “Those 38 payments were paid late, but make sure, it's very clear, our tax obligations were paid in full.”
John Hurley, Chair, Ontario Co. Democrats, said, “I think it shows a certain lack of discipline, lack of personal integrity.”
John Hurley is the Chair of the Ontario County Democratic Party. The election for Reed's seat is next year.
Hurley said, “He preaches personal responsibility and granted he's a busy guy, but we're all busy, but we're all held to the same standard, you got to pay your taxes on time. You have to pay your bills.”
Rep. Tom Reed said, “We're going to do our best, we're going to continue to do our best and we'll allow people to make judgments. That's fair and I accept it.”
The congressman obviously doesn't have his property taxes tied up in monthly mortgage payments like most people do. He said there were about 500 tax payments over the last eight years. All were made on time he said except 38. Again, he says those taxes were eventually paid with penalties.