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Odessa Mayor Facing Substantial IRS/State Comptroller Trouble

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Odessa Mayor and candidate David Turner may be in hot water with state and federal tax authorities after documents obtained by Lone Star Voice revealed that the Mayor is being pursued for non-payment of payroll/income taxes and state sales tax. 

Lone Star Voice looked into the Mayor’s records after receiving a request to do so from a local resident.

Multiple liens on file with the Ector County Clerk’s office filed by both the Internal Revenue Service and the Texas Comptroller show Turner being held liable for a variety of tax delinquencies including non-payment of employee payroll taxes, and non-payment of state and local sales taxes. 

The liens are against all of Turner’s personal and business property. 

The IRS liens, filed in 2018 and 2019, appear to total upwards of $584,000 in delinquent income and payroll taxes. 

A current lien by the State Comptroller for non-payment of sales taxes totals $24,390 – with $3,688 being owed to the city Turner represents. 

Together the active liens total over $600,000 in delinquent tax penalties. 

Lone Star Voice reached out to Mayor Turner via email seeking comment to clarify and hopefully clear up anything about what these records indicate. As of publication, Turner has not responded. 

This doesn’t appear to be Turner’s first scuffle with state and federal tax authorities, with old records from prior liens also having been revealed in the property records search stemming back from the early 2000s. While there were also releases on file for having settled those prior debts, the first round of liens did appear to be for a substantially less amount of money. 

Tuner has served as the Mayor of Odessa for two terms. With 8-year term limits on city offices keeping him from seeking re-election as the city’s mayor, Turner is now seeking election to the at-large city council position. 

Turner faces challengers Denise Swanner, Joann Davenport, and LaTasha Gentry on the November 3, General Election ballot. 

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