The state of Louisiana is asking Monroe City School Board President Rodney McFarland to pay up.
According to court documents, McFarland owes over 42 thousand dollars in taxes.
“That lien is for an old company we once had,” he says.
The state says the unpaid balance goes back to the tax period ending in January 2002.
McFarland tells us, “Motions are in place trying to get things rectified, but it takes time. I am not the only one in Monroe, Louisiana with a tax lien.”
He owns and operates a funeral home, but McFarland says he is being targeted due to his position on the school board.
“Things that went wrong with the [desegregation], as people are trying to play into that. It did not fall into place like some wanted it to fall into place, so now they attack me,” he says.
This isn’t the first time the Department of Revenue filed in court asking McFarland to pay over due taxes.
According to court documents and as we reported in 2008, McFarland previously owed more than 100 thousand dollars in federal and state taxes.
“Businesses have ups and downs, and they have bumps in the road, but eventually they smooth out. Don’t single me out. They only reason why I have been singled out is because what I am the Monroe City School Board. That has nothing to do with anything,” says McFarland.
That 2008 report involved taxes the Department of Revenue says McFarland owed from fiscal periods in 1997 to 2008.
We talked to the department of revenue by phone. They would not comment on whether those taxes had yet been paid.
They require a written request for that information, which we submitted Thursday afternoon.