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More tax troubles for Jacksonville council woman’s family businesses

Yet another business associated with the family of Jacksonville City Councilwoman Katrina Brown has run afoul of the tax collector.

A warrant for collection of delinquent sales and use taxes was issued on January 9 to “Basic Products, LLC.”

The total hit this time: $4,889.

According to SunBiz, Councilwoman Brown and her mother are the registered titleholders of this business, located on Commonwealth Avenue, which was supposed to become a BBQ sauce plant and a hub of neighborhood job creation.

It is the second such Brown related business to draw a delinquent tax warrant already in 2017.

KJB Specialties” received an order for $5,219 of delinquent sales taxes earlier this month.

Brown’s businesses have been under scrutiny, with the city of Jacksonville sending a Certified Letter from OED to CoWealth, LLC, noting that the city received the “required annual surveys” for 2012 to 2015, in which the company was supposed to create jobs at the Northwest Jacksonville barbecue sauce plant location on Commonwealth Avenue.

However, said the city, they created no jobs.

“Therefore,” said the city, “the full balance of the Northwest Jacksonville Economic Development Fund grant, $210,549.99, must be repaid.”

OED wants payment in full within 60 days of the letter.

The alternative: setting up a payment schedule within 30 days.

Attempts to reach the councilwoman were unsuccessful Monday, given that it’s a city holiday.

Also, the cellphone number she gave FloridaPolitics.com was no longer in service.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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