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City Councilwoman Fullilove falls behind on taxes

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Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, who recently voted to raise taxes, is having tax troubles of her own. Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, who recently voted to raise taxes, is having tax troubles of her own.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove, who recently voted to raise taxes, is having tax troubles of her own.

Fullilove said she had a number of dire circumstances, from job loss to illness in her family, and that has put her in the category of delinquent taxes. Fullilove is about $3,500 behind in Memphis and Shelby County property taxes.

She says these are difficult days for many Memphians in this recession, and she is one of them. But constituents say criticism comes with the territory.

"When you're a public figure, you're going to always be under scrutiny," said Fullilove Constituent Earnest Townes. "I think in terms of image, if you hold a public office, you should adhere to the same standards you ask your constituents to stand by."

Fullilove, has had three DUIs, two bankruptcies and a public domestic violence dismissal.

"I sometimes find that she is speaking a minority position that might otherwise get ignored, and it's not necessarily that she's right or wrong. She's a very dynamic person," said Fullilove Constituent Carol Craig. 

Council members, who did not wish to be interviewed on camera, have mixed reactions. Some say she should be held to the same standards as taxpayers; others say this is between Fullilove and the government.

Fullilove asked her supporters to humbly forgive her. The following is a statement released by Councilwoman Janis Fullilove:

"I have and will continue to work tireless for those who gave me a second chance to be their voice on the council.

I have had a number of dire circumstances, from the loss of a job to illness in my family, and that has put me in the category of delinquent taxes.

However, I am making payments and will continue to do so. Hopefully, that debt will soon be erased.

During this recession, countless others found themselves in the same situation.

These are very difficult days that many Memphians are facing, I am one of them.

Our city is in debt, the county is in debt, along with the Federal government.

I have faced many challenges since being elected and appreciate my supporters for allowing me to serve them in this my second term.

I ask my supporters, quite humbly, to forgive me.

I am doing the best that I can and I will continue to fight for them because I am in a situation that people are facing."

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