Posted: 5:00 pm Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Congressional hopeful Delvis Dutton owes $23,000 in back county taxes 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — Congressional candidate Delvis Dutton, his wife and his company owe more than $23,000 in property taxes to Tattnall County from missed payments going back a decade.

A state representative from Glenville, Dutton is running in the five-person Republican primary in the 12th Congressional District to face U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta.

According to the Tattnall County tax commissioner’s office, Dutton owes $3,190.52 in back taxes on two pieces of property dating back to 2010. His wife, Mandy, owes $3,511.54, with unpaid balances since 2011. And Dutton’s well-drilling business, General Pump and Well Inc., owes the county $16,368.53 and has unpaid balances back to 2004.

“Delvis was unaware of an outstanding balance owed to Tattnall County and believes it is wrongly attributed and actually owed by General Pump and Well,” campaign spokesman Jessica Szilagyi wrote in an email. “Now that it is brought to his attention, he is working to both clarify the issue and see to it that the debt is resolved.”

Dutton’s business had financial problems including large debts to local banks

In a recent interview – before the AJC obtained the tax documents – Dutton said he was proud that he never declared bankruptcy.

“I’ve never walked away from any debt, any tax, anything along that line,” Dutton said.

But he did have several liens and judgments against him. Dutton attributed his business troubles to the economic downturn and some bad purchases.

“I’ve had some challenges and I’ve had some difficulties with some equipment that I purchased that were faulty equipment that’s caused problems,” Dutton said. “But I’ve always weathered the storms and I’ve always taken care of any obligation.”

Tattnall County tax commissioner Dale Dutton, a distant cousin of Delvis, said Delvis was “working on appealing” the business-related tax debt.

“He was told to bring some information from the accountants,” Dale Dutton said. “Last I heard he hadn’t presented that yet.”

Szilagyi confirmed that the dispute has to do with Delvis Dutton’s belief that some of his business equipment was wrongly assessed.

Although Georgia code bans candidates for public office who are “defaulters” on their taxes, such cases are rare and a court would have to declare the candidate to be in default.

You can view the Tattnall County tax documents below:

23 comments
paulkw
paulkw

he is not allowed  to hold office in Ga if you owe property taxes then why is he allowed to run.

GAJustice
GAJustice

NotAmusedByYou


Her name listed on the property is Mandy Danielle Dutton.  This is their home....listed in her complete name.

NotAmusedByYou
NotAmusedByYou

Seems ole Jim does not like it when someone points out the truth. My comment was deleted that said why Jim was wrong in this story, but why does that NOT surprise me? Mandy is NOT Delvis' wife as I pointed out by pointing to his Georgia Representative page. Looks like no one can defend the man on here because Jim will delete the post. Interesting. 

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

YOU LIE!  Sounds like he'd be a perfect fit in Washington.

GAJustice
GAJustice

Who does he think he is fooling?  Can't get your lies straight?   You know when you have land....you have a property tax bill....if he this stupid?...I know he does not need to try to handle my business in Congress!  Pay what you owe when you owe it and quit trying to evade paying your taxes.  10 years back taxes on "faulty equipment"....give us a break!   You have had plenty of time to resolve that issue and that still does not explain why you have not  paid the back taxes on your land!!!!    Too incompetent to run for Congress!!!!   It should be required that any person running for public office have any taxes assessed and due paid before they can qualify!!!  Part of this money is due to the State!!!   

DS
DS

"I’ve always taken care of any obligation.” --- Delvis Dutton

Dutton’s well-drilling business, General Pump and Well Inc., owes the county $16,368.53 and has unpaid balances back to 2004.

Seems Dutton has a problem with telling the truth.

honested
honested

Hewing closely to the teaklan line even before there was a teaklan.


Taxed too much, just don't pay, your family will cover you!


And in Georgia, we run lame brains like this for public office!!

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

The right wing, Tea Party, and anarchists only have one plank in their platform - NO TAXES.  But, they are anxious to take advantage of the civilization that the tax payers have created, including trying to sign up for a government job with nice benefits paid by the taxpayers.  Send these right wingers, Tea Party members, and anarchists off to their own island.  We need a thinning of the herd.

JohnBoy10
JohnBoy10

"Faulty equipment caused the problem"....uh huh. If he really wants to climb the latter of the Republican Party brass he's got to become a much better story teller!

He should just garner a temporary position with the non-profit, non-partisan, fiscal conservative Tea Party....he will be doing fine in no time at all!



BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Give this guy a break! He's trying to become the second college dropout in our Republican Congressional delegation; and with Handel we could aspire to having three. That would surely represent those "unique Georgia conservative values in Washington" on which Delvis is campaigning so hard; for what better demonstrates "conservative values" here than conserving on one's own knowledge? Besides, aren't his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly so impressed by his financial acumen that they have him on the House Banks and Banking Committee; and could we be more proud in Republican Georgia with the "strength" of our banking system? Because his "relationship with Jesus Christ and God ... has guided his enthusiasm towards being a public servant",  this selfless man is willing to sacrifice for the people of this state, like Gingrey, by eking-by on Congressional pay when he's obviously well-qualified to make much more in Tea Party leadership. Delvis is the personification of "Republican", and should be accorded the respect that deserves.

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

This poor bidnessman hasn't figured out the political game having only been a State Rep. for 4 years. His business owes the bank $625K in addition to the tax issues. He obviously hasn't learned how to play hard to get with the lobbyists. Poor ole Delvis has less than a snowball's chance in this race and you people are just being colder than a well digger's asseverates of checks in the mail.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

According to the Tattnall County tax commissioner’s office, Dutton owes $3,190.52 in back taxes on two pieces of property dating back to 2010. His wife, Mandy, owes $3,511.54, with unpaid balances since 2011.......Szilagyi confirmed that the dispute has to do with Delvis Dutton’s belief that some of his business equipment was wrongly assessed.

Uh Huh. So what does his business eqipment being wrongly assessed have to do with his ducking taxes on his home and property for 4 years?

“I’ve had some challenges and I’ve had some difficulties with some equipment that I purchased that were faulty equipment that’s caused problems,”

I can understand that, I had to put a new transmission in my old Chevrolet, so I'll be notifying DeKalb County not to expect my tax payment for another coupla years or so. If only I had a cousin down at the tax office, maybe I could avoid them altogether.


“I’ve never walked away from any debt, any tax, anything along that line,” Dutton said.

But he will run from them, every chance he gets.

But don't judge ol' delvis too harshly people, he is after all, fighting to keep the moochers, takers and parasites from bleeding the gummint dry.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Delvis Dutton, what an appropriate name, is the darling of the GOP money-brokers in Washington, DC....too bad they didn't vet Delvis better....Delvis Dutton is a Dud....

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

If Dutton lived in Fulton County, Ferdinand's tax sales vultures would have foreclosed on his properties 17-years ago.  Most counties would have foreclosed 12-15 years ago: however....it doen't hurt that the Tattnall County Tax Commissioner happens to be Dale Dutton. Coincidence?  There are only 25,000 people in the entire county!!!  Somebody call Darrell Issa...

Lynn43
Lynn43

What's up with all these people who can't manage their own business wanting to be a public official to take care of our business.?  If I didn't pay my taxes, bad "stuff" would be placed on me. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

If he brings cattle onto the property, maybe he can claim the taxes are for grazing rights? That should win him some votes and give him a instant militia.

EdUktr
EdUktr

For years now Saint Warren Buffet's company has owed the IRS over a billion in back taxes—as Jim has pointed out frequently in this column. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

... and this is why I will never run for public office... :)

honested
honested

@Ralph-43  

You forget the probability of the new gun law to provide that thinning.

Just get a few of these ole' boys together for the weekly poker game (at the bar or church of your choice) and see how fast things get ugly if everyone is adequately armed!

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr Maybe Buffett doesn't recognize the US government, and will only pay them to the local sheriff.