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Evers: Barnes should pay any delinquent taxes

Posted: 5:39 PM, Jun 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-17 18:39:02-04
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says if Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes owes taxes he should pay them.

Milwaukee Deputy City Treasurer Jim Klajbor told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper last week that Barnes has failed to pay $2,225.43 in property taxes, interest and penalties for his condominium. Barnes told the newspaper that he's paying the delinquent taxes in an installment plan but Klajbor said Barnes failed to make the first installment by Jan. 31 and hasn't made any subsequent payments.

Evers and Barnes have a close relationship they forged on the campaign trail last year. The governor said Wednesday that he hasn't spoken with Barnes about his taxes but said if he owes money he should pay it.

Barnes chief-of-staff, Fred Ludwig, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.