Last edited 12:10 p.m., March 14, 2017
A $92,731 tax lien against mayoral candidate Kristi Fulnecky was “filed in error,” according to a statement from the Springfield councilwoman.
The individual lien filed Feb. 27-March 5 in Greene County by the Missouri Department of Revenue listed Kristi and Eric Fulnecky and a 2872 S. Forrest Heights Ave. residential address. According to a document on file with the Greene County recorder, Fulnecky owes taxes for the years ending 2011-12 and 2014-15. The lien was still listed on the recorder’s website this morning.
Springfield Business Journal published the lien in its March 13 On the Record section, and it has made the rounds on Facebook via shares.
Fulnecky yesterday said she is in the process of securing documentation from the IRS indicating the lien is erroneous.
“I actually overpaid my taxes and decided to amend several years of returns after being notified by my CPA firm,” Fulnecky said in the statement on her campaign Facebook page. “The IRS has already notified me the liens were filed in error and we shall have written notice of it in the next few days.”
This isn’t the first time tax-related issues have come up regarding Fulnecky.
Last month, the Springfield News-Leader reported on separate liens filed in November against Fulnecky and later posted an article stating they were filed in error and had been expunged.
Last summer, City Council voted to accept as fact a report from attorney Kevin O’Keefe stating Fulnecky was ineligible to run for office because of business taxes she owed when elected as a councilwoman. Her attorney, Joseph Passanise, has argued against the report, saying her business actually owed a fee rather than a tax.
In May last year, Fulnecky was cleared of wrongdoing related to a closed meeting other council members held in 2015 regarding her eligibility to serve. Retired Judge John Holstein found Fulnecky did not break the law by entering the closed meeting or making a partial recording of it.
Fulnecky is running for mayor next month against Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure. Last month, the Springfield Police Officers Association sent a letter to the Missouri attorney general asking for “an immediate investigation,” saying city officials, including McClure, used city funds, personnel and resources to advance McClure’s candidacy, according to the News-Leader.
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