You may have heard that if you’re running for political office it’s a good idea to have your taxes all paid up and in order.
Mayor Juan Alonzo of Raymore apparently did not get that memo.
It turns out the state has filed over $10,000 in tax liens against him which date back to 2007, well before he ran for Mayor. This may be in violation of Raymore city code and Missouri state law, and if true means he is ineligible to hold the office. In fact, if it’s true he was not eligible to run for the office in the first place, and may have committed a crime. (Aside from felony poor judgment.)
Raymore City Ordinance Section 110.010 dictates “…nor shall any person be a candidate for Mayor, elected the Mayor, or hold office as Mayor, who is in arrears for any city tax, lien, forfeiture or defalcation in office.”
Additionally, Missouri Revised Statute Section 115.342 states “Any person who files as a candidate for election to a public office shall be disqualified from participation in the election for which the candidate has filed if such person is delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes…”
Raymore City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Adams has called for a hearing to determine whether an investigation should be launched into the matter, and he has supplied a list of his own questions regarding the potential scandal.
- Based on these records reflecting unpaid taxes from 2007, would Mayor Alonzo have been ineligible to file for the 2010 election as a candidate, per Section 115.342 RSMO?
- If Mayor Alonzo were ineligible to file as a candidate, is he currently not eligible to hold the office of Mayor of the City of Raymore?
- If Mayor Alonzo were delinquent in his 2007 taxes due to the State of Missouri, would his signed affidavit at filing for the 2010 election, constitute a crime of perjury?
- If a crime has been committed, how is the issue addressed regarding proceeding with a criminal investigation, for example Raymore police or County Sheriff, County Prosecutor, etc?
Such obvious flagrancy of the law should not be tolerated regarding any of our elected officials, especially our leaders. It’s shameful.
Now Juan Alonzo has brought that shame to Raymore’s City Hall, and the people shouldn’t stand for it.