OKLAHOMA - There are tax troubles in one race for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Records show a Republican from Cushing has a number of tax liens from unpaid state sales tax, state income tax and federal income tax.
Right now, he’s in a three-way race for House District 33.
With the election less than a month away, voters in House District 33 have some concerns.
“You better get them paid up because, sure as be damned, somebody’s going to find out about it,” said resident Van Ferrell.
Records from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show Republican candidate Greg Babinec owes more than $75,000 in sales tax to the state from the McDonald’s he owns in Cushing.
That debt goes back to 2012.
“If he doesn't want to pay his taxes, why should he be representative for us, the people that are paying our taxes and doing what we’re supposed to do?” said Candace Vott.
Records also show liens against Babinec’s property because he owes nearly $140,000 to the federal government.
Babinec protested the amount he was expected to pay, but tax attorneys tell NewsChannel 4, under law, you still have to pay your taxes under protest.
“You pay taxes, I pay taxes. Everyone pays taxes and, if you don’t want to pay them, then get out of here,” Ferrell said.
The libertarian in the race, Erin Adams, has had past collections issues but said her financial problems stemmed from medical bills.
A record search on the third candidate, Democrat Caryl Talley, did not show any collections due or liens.
Now, money matters are front and center for some before they head to the polls.
“If you don’t want people knowing about your business, I wouldn’t run politically,” Ferrell said.
Babinec has never been charged with a crime in connection with the apparent tax issues.
We tried all Wednesday to reach Babinec, and he never got back to us.
Talley told Newschannel 4 she didn’t want to comment on the other candidate’s taxes, saying she’ll leave it up to voters to decide who they want to send to the capitol.