ANOTHER KIND OF TAX COLLECTOR: THE GLARE OF THE PRESS
Orlando Sentinel political/celebrity columnist Scott Maxwell noted Tuesday that Republican interim Orlando mayor Ernest Page was delinquent in paying 2003 taxes on two pieces of rental property he owns. After being advised of his situation, he reportedly paid the $2,779.05, which includes interest and late fees. Maxwell noted that it was not the first time that Page had been late on paying taxes, remembering that he had a regular segment entitled "Page Watch" while doing a previous political column for the Sentinel in which he kept track of the now-interim mayor's shortcomings in that area.
Friday, Maxwell noted that Page wasn't the only politico or wannabe delinquent on paying up. Seems that the man Buddy Dyer faced in the runoff last year, former bar owner Ken Mulvaney, still owed $989.96 in taxes and fees from 2001 assessed on his former Irish Pub (now closed). Mulvaney made a beeline to the tax office and settled the issue.
Maxwell's response: This column is starting to wonder if commissions are due.