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Old liens shadow the Parkinson campaign

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Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo Police captain and candidate for county sheriff, has been dogged by accusations he’s had tax liens filed against him and that he denied having any on a local radio show.

“I think you have the wrong person,” answered Parkinson when a caller asked him about the liens on the May 10 Dave Congalton show. “I have never had a county tax lien that I am aware of. I have always paid my taxes.”

In fact, Parkinson had at least three San Luis Obispo county tax liens filed against him; one each in 2001, 2002, and 2005 for taxes on boats. The liens were for around $200 each and were paid soon after they were issued.

One lien was issued in 2006 for $1,546, for land in King City in Monterey County. The property was listed in both Parkinson and his wife Amy’s name.

The King City lien came from a property he and his wife bought in May 2004 for $88,000, according to Monterey County Deed records. They built a house on the property and then sold it for $975,000 in October 2005.

Parkinson said they paid taxes for that property but found out later there was a supplemental tax assessment on the property due to the new house built there. That lien was paid off in full.

Parkinson says he was being honest when he answered the question. He said he really had never heard of the liens when he was asked. Parkinson said his wife handles the financial bookkeeping in the family, and he was unaware that there had been any liens.

“I don’t pay the bills in the family,” said an obviously embarrassed Parkinson. “That doesn’t excuse anything. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s my responsibility.”

It was obviously an oversight, he said, adding that all his taxes are paid up.

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