Most candidates have paid taxes on time, but one Collier commission hopeful hasn’t

Bill McDaniel, GOP candidate, Dist. 3 Collier Co. Commission on NewsMakers 7-24-11

Bill McDaniel, GOP candidate, Dist. 3 Collier Co. Commission on NewsMakers 7-24-11

"That's the fact of our economy. My business has not been impervious to these horrible economic circumstances," Bill McDaniel said recently. "From a truth standpoint, we have met our obligations and we have taken care of those things. I have been in business for all my life and haven't been shielded (from the economy)."

— A candidate for Collier County Commission was delinquent on his business property taxes for two years in a row, but said recently he's doing whatever it takes to get them paid.

Commission District 3 candidate Bill McDaniel didn't pay taxes on 11 properties associated with Big Island Excavating in 2009 or 2010. McDaniel also was delinquent on taxes on four properties associated with McIvey LLC during that same time period.

"That's the fact of our economy. My business has not been impervious to these horrible economic circumstances," McDaniel said recently. "From a truth standpoint, we have met our obligations and we have taken care of those things. I have been in business for all my life and haven't been shielded (from the economy)."

The Daily News analyzed the property tax information for candidates for Collier and Lee commission seats, as well as those running for Naples and Bonita Springs City Council.

Records show McDaniel was delinquent in 2009 and 2010.

The records search also shows there were certificates — or liens — issued on a property currently owned by Collier commission District 1 candidate Stephen Cosgrove in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Cosgrove bought the property in October 2006 and said he didn't immediately recall whether he needed to pay off the certificate in order to purchase the property. Cosgrove said he has "never been delinquent" on his taxes.

Steve Cosgrove, GOP candidate,Dist. 1 Collier Co. Commission, on NewsMakers 7-24-11

Steve Cosgrove, GOP candidate,Dist. 1 Collier Co. Commission, on NewsMakers 7-24-11

A search of the Collier County Tax Collector's database shows all of the Naples City Council candidates paid their property taxes through 2010.

Collier County's delinquency rate was about 3.2 percent in 2010, Collier County Tax Collector Larry Ray said.

"It was better this year, if you consider better-less-delinquent, than in years past," Ray said. "We've been running about 5 percent delinquent."

Delinquencies occur for a variety of reasons. Once an account becomes delinquent, Ray said a certificate, which is similar to a lien, is sold at public auction to make up the cost of the delinquent taxes.

Tamara Harrison, the director of the Lee County Tax Collector's customer support division, said the real property delinquency rate in 2010 was 5.19 percent, while the rate for tangible property was 16.93 percent.

A Daily News search of the Lee County Tax Collector's real property database showed that four of the six candidates running for Bonita Springs City Council had paid through 2010.

The search didn't turn up tax information for District 4 candidates Barbara Barnes-Buchanan or Roger Brunswick. The address listed for Brunswick on the Lee County municipal candidate list is owned by Anita Brunswick and records show there are no delinquent taxes on the account.

Tamara Harrison, the director of the Lee County Tax Collector's customer support division, said the real property delinquency rate in 2010 was 5.19 percent, while the rate for tangible property was 16.93 percent.

Lee County Commission candidates also were paid up through 2010.

Certificates generally are purchased by a private investor. Those certificates are interest-bearing and Ray said the certificate sale is in essence someone paying someone else's taxes, then earning interest on the payment until the property owner covers the expense.

"You are responsible for paying your taxes," Ray said. "You've gotten a loan from someone and they did it for you ... but if you don't pay those taxes with interest, they're going to take action."

A property owner has two years to pay off the certificates. After two years, the certificate holder can file for a tax deed, Ray said.

John Knowles, a spokesman for Ave Maria School of Law and an elections expert, said it's unclear whether the delinquencies will have an effect on the campaign, but it is "incredibly important" for candidates to be up-front on these types of things.

"The best strategy for a candidate that has had tax issues in the past is to release it as soon as possible ... even if that means just simply paying what they own or paying fines," Knowles said. "I think the most important thing with a candidate (with a) failure to pay past taxes is to be very honest about what happened and then move on. Most voters recognize that the people they're voting for aren't perfect people."

McDaniel said the delinquencies only occurred in 2009 and 2010, and he has been working to pay down the debt off the certificates.

McDaniel said earlier this month he has paid off the majority of the outstanding debt.

"We are coming back from it," he said.

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LovesBS writes:

Maybe a 'PAYOFF' will help? If you can't pay your taxes...get another job but don't run for office! What gall.

These folks are all of the same cloth: No regard for decency or the taxpayer...sad.

beetlejuice writes:

gaaahd wtf do most Republican candidates feel taxes are optional?

DawnPharmer writes:

in response to beetlejuice:

gaaahd wtf do most Republican candidates feel taxes are optional?

Since the only way to get elected seems to be as a “Republican”, they all are, beetlejuice. Don’t think his party has anything to do with his issues of not paying taxes.
Don’t think he is a good choice either.
Attended a couple of the Horizon Committee meetings and was NOT impressed by him as chairman.

jacktanner writes:

Abolish property taxes and create an economic boom.

Replace property tax with sales tax (FairTax)
and monthly PREBATES up to the poverty level.

http://www.fairtax.org/PDF/Opportunti...

http://www.meetup.com/fairtax-swfl/

Sales tax could provide cost control for property owners
who want, or need, to cut cost, by reducing consumption.

Sales tax could reduce the inequities between property tax valuations
and reduce the expense of the property appraiser and tax collector operations

People could afford to own and maintain more open space around their home and business.

Property taxes convert owners to lessees
with adjustable payments for expenses controlled by legislators.

rasputin writes:

What perfect republican candidates.

streetrodder writes:

The Democrats want to raise taxes because most of the Liberal Supporters don't pay taxes. Obama's series of nominees with tax problems redefined the political dynamics. First there was Timothy F. Geithner, who as treasury secretary now oversees the collection of taxes, but failed to pay $34,000 he owed until the offer of a cabinet job materialized. Then there was Tom Daschle, nominated for secretary of health and human services, even though he neglected to pay $128,000 in taxes until he was selected. And then there was Nancy Killefer, chosen to be the White House chief performance officer, who once had a $900 lien placed on her house for failing to pay unemployment taxes on household help.
If Geithner can go on to become the United States Secretary of the Treasury, I doubt that Bill McDaniel's tax issues should keep him from being a Collier County Commissioner...

Just1 writes:

I can not believe that someone would run who has these tax problems. How can they deal with the problems of the county when they have such problems of there own.

nightranger writes:

I am confused by this story and here is why. If you don't pay your property taxes someone will buy the tax certficate. Then the original property owner has three years to pay off the tax certficate with interest or the owner of the tax certificate can foreclose. So the county gets paid either way. Larry Ray ( the tax collector) says he always sells every tax certificate. So the conty never suffers and the land owner has to pay all the money plus interest. So what is this story about..

ladyinpink writes:

Do you want to put the fox in charge of the hen house?
I know that Bill wants the job, but the real question why would Jim Coletta and X-commissioner Halas be backing this guy?

Kish4Commish writes:

This info is important. Cosgrove's issue is finalized and was just a political jab that was uncalled for. What bothers me is that Collier County is the 2nd highest taxed per capita county with the 3rd or 4th highest debt load. If you add Marco Island's debt to Collier County's
it is over $1 BILLION. Lets put Fiala's, Coletta's, Coyle's and Henning's face on that in the NDN.

KennyR (Inactive) writes:

I don't understand the headline. Why "but one Collier commission hopeful hasn’t"? Is it a good thing when Bill McDaniel doesn't pay taxes?

Kyser851 writes:

in response to Just1:

I can not believe that someone would run who has these tax problems. How can they deal with the problems of the county when they have such problems of there own.

Makes you wonder doesn't it?

freedomsailor writes:

So, Mr. McDaniel, you said that you are doing whatever it takes to get them paid. Guess what fella, it just takes a few minutes to write a check! Oh, money is short? Well, sell off a few of your properties.

NeezDutz writes:

in response to beetlejuice:

gaaahd wtf do most Republican candidates feel taxes are optional?

You guys are funny:
Tom Daschle
Tim Geithner
Claire McCaskill
Hilda Solis

NeezDutz writes:

in response to Just1:

I can not believe that someone would run who has these tax problems. How can they deal with the problems of the county when they have such problems of there own.

You're right, he should just go for the Presidential Cabinet. He would fit it just fine

swfl_ff writes:

in response to ladyinpink:

Do you want to put the fox in charge of the hen house?
I know that Bill wants the job, but the real question why would Jim Coletta and X-commissioner Halas be backing this guy?

I agree. Colletta has been behind this candidate from the beginning. Now Halas is backing him too. Gee I wonder why? Perhaps that Henning doesn't always go along with the flow and bucks the good old boy system?

No thanks, but I will stick with Mr Henning.

dbrox91 writes:

Can't you people see sense at all?
This man has witnessed first-hand the hardships of this economy, while heading an excavation business based almost completely on the growth of our community. He has seen the affect it has had on our businesses and people and I can't imagine a candidate better suited to help us out than this economically savvy, working-class businessman. . He's got my vote.

light writes:

Bill Daniels is an entrepreneur. He mines and sells rock. He creates jobs.

Bill is capable to serve as a commissioner. He should not be disqualified if he is late on paying his taxes as long as he pays them within the limits of law.

The poor economy in Collier County might have put Bill between his rock pits and a hard place. The poor local economy has a lot to do with poor decisions made by the sitting county commission, which is the best example of why new leadership is needed.

Give Bill Daniels the confidence of your vote.

Just1 writes:

Hey, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster of the Naples Daily News, are you saying Cosgrove does have a lien on his properties or not?

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

in response to swfl_ff:

I agree. Colletta has been behind this candidate from the beginning. Now Halas is backing him too. Gee I wonder why? Perhaps that Henning doesn't always go along with the flow and bucks the good old boy system?

No thanks, but I will stick with Mr Henning.

Spot on. Anyone Coletta supports would assist him in bringing another Jackson Labs to Collier. Remember that when you see Coyle, Coletta and Fiala or anyone they support.
Henning will win handily.

msboo96 writes:

Thank You nightranger,light & dbrox91 for your common sense postings. Bill McDaniels is a hard working local entrepenuer who provides Locally mined materials needed in our construction industry. He is providing jobs for local residents; he is Active in community affairs and is continuing to suffer along with the rest of us through this Federal Government provided depression. Seems to me He is an honest man of principle who is being wrongfully painted as someone purposely avoiding his financial obligations. The article even states that HE IS PAYING his taxes. NDN - what is the story here? This should be printed in the Opinion section of your paper. Seems to me NDN and all of your regular "jump to our own hateful assumption" posters should climb down off your computer pedestals and see if you could give as much as Mr. McDaniels to our communities. I believe Bill McDaniels is Exactly the type of new blood needed in our commission.

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

The district that Henning lives in has not been unhappy with it's representation. Bill should be running in district 5.
Doesn't matter whether McD has been paying or not. No matter how much money the eastern landowners, or local elected officials contribute. Henning has consistently garnered the largest percentage of votes in all 5 districts. His constituents are perfectly happy.
No way for Cowboy Bill to win.

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

in response to NeezDutz:

You guys are funny:
Tom Daschle
Tim Geithner
Claire McCaskill
Hilda Solis

Don't forget about Warren Buffett and his nearly (D) one billion $$$$$$ in back taxes since 2001.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/how-m...

beneyw writes:

in response to beetlejuice:

gaaahd wtf do most Republican candidates feel taxes are optional?

Maybe they learned from Geitner and Sharpton....

beneyw writes:

in response to beneyw:

Maybe they learned from Geitner and Sharpton....

..oh yeah..and Rangel...

Ruger writes:

in response to NeezDutz:

You guys are funny:
Tom Daschle
Tim Geithner
Claire McCaskill
Hilda Solis

If he was a democrat they would support a promotion to Obama's Cabinet!

What a bunch of Hypocrites!!

sunnie writes:

in response to dbrox91:

Can't you people see sense at all?
This man has witnessed first-hand the hardships of this economy, while heading an excavation business based almost completely on the growth of our community. He has seen the affect it has had on our businesses and people and I can't imagine a candidate better suited to help us out than this economically savvy, working-class businessman. . He's got my vote.

McDaniels is the same as Coletta - We are trying to get rid of Coletta why add another mini-him?

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

in response to sunnie:

McDaniels is the same as Coletta - We are trying to get rid of Coletta why add another mini-him?

I agree. We all need to focus on getting rid of Coletta, this guy doesn't have a chance.

lionfishhunter writes:

This guy digs scars in our enviroment. We don't need a guy like this who doesn't give a hoot about our water supply or environment. I don't advocate not letting him use his land, I just don't think he should be allowed to use it in a way tht affects me and my water supply. The land is zoned agriculture, so farm it.

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