Finlay Reacts to Tax Accusations - DatelineCarolina

Finlay Reacts to Delinquent Tax Accusations

Kirkman Finlay spent part of Monday on damage control in preparation for today's election. Kirkman Finlay spent part of Monday on damage control in preparation for today's election.

By Meredith Coulter

Posted April 21 2010 at 9:28 AM

Columbia mayoral candidate Kirkman Finlay spent much of the last campaigning day before Tuesday's runoff election handling damage control.  His opponent, Steve Benjamin, released a statement accusing Finlay of owing property taxes.

Richland County Treasurer David Adams confirmed Monday morning that Finlay's company Chapel Hill LLC owes the county over three thousand dollars.

Finlay says that both Benjamin and Adams are mistaken.  He says he never got the tax bill

"It's odd that I can get a text sent to my phone, get a refund sent to the correct address, but the tax bill can't get sent to the correct address,"Finlay says.  "Now I may be naive but I thought the treasurer's job was to get money in.  And you would think the best way to do that would be to send the bill to the correct address.  Seems reasonable."

Finlay fired back at Benjamin on his web site, accusing his campaign of leaking the information in an effort to find anything negative about him.

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