PORTLAND, Ore. – Former Portland Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace paid his taxes … almost.
Multnomah County spokesman David Austin said Wallace paid his back taxes from 2010-2012, although he still owes money on his 2013 property taxes. Since that payment is late he's being charged a 16 percent penalty.
Earlier this month KATU reported that Wallace was on a list of the biggest property tax dodgers in the county.
Earlier this week he cut the county at $115,000 check, which covered the back taxes. He still owes roughly $10,000.
We confronted Wallace on Nov. 11 about his outstanding tax liability while he was in town with the Detroit Pistons. The former Trail Blazer now works as an assistant coach with the team.
That same day, according to county records, his wife Fatima Wallace went on the Multnomah County website and tried to pay part of that bill – $34,686.91.
But here’s the problem: The bank number she entered didn’t exist and the county could not collect any money.
“If you don’t give us the right number you can’t make your payment,” Austin at the time.
Austin said when the payment failed, the county sent a letter that essentially said “we tried to collect the money and there was no money there.”
After that payment failed he mailed the $115,000 check to the county.
Wallace has also not responded to phone calls asking why his taxes were not paid on time.
“Property taxes are in place for a reason. They pay for services that people get,” Austin said.
He explained that roughly 98 percent of county landowners pay their property taxes on time. Tax collectors don’t relish the fact they have to assess penalties to the two percent who don’t.
“They’re pretty stiff penalties,” Austin said. “We don’t like having to go that route. We’d much prefer that people pay their taxes.”