LUMBERTON — A Lumberton city councilman who owes hundreds of dollars in back taxes has paid the debt that landed him on the city of Lumberton’s list of delinquent taxpayers that was published in The Robesonian.
John “Big Wayne” Robinson paid $350 towards hi debt on April 22, the day the newspaper published a story on his outstanding tax bills, according to Linda Oxendine, director of Public Services.
Robinson, who has represented Precinct 2 since 2011, declined to comment for this story.
The payment covered the $93.97 that Robinson owed for his 2013 taxes on property located on Edgewood Street, where he lives, and chipped away at previous years’ debts.
The payment was made through a monthly payment plan Robinson has had since 2011, Oxendine said. Payments through the plan are due on the 10th of each month.
Robinson still owes $473.80 for 2013 for a different parcel of land as well as $381.83 from his 2012 taxes, Oxendine said.
If he continues his monthly payments, Robinson can satisfy his debts to the city in about two and a half months.
According to the Robeson County Tax Division’s database, Robinson owes the county $561.94 in unpaid taxes from 2008 to 2013. The most recent payment, made in July 2013, partially paid for a 2008 tax bill on the property.
According to the Tax Division, Robinson also has a payment agreement with the county.
City Council members each earn a yearly salary of $7,403.14, according to city Finance Director Alisha Thompson. City Manager Wayne Horne said the city does have the option of withholding wages to cover tax debt.
Oxendine said the city tries to “exhaust all means” of collecting the money owed before foreclosuring on a property.