Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia Delinquent on His Taxes

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Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia.
While his constituents watch taxes rise and home values slide, Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia has not paid property taxes and owes back taxes on his business.

Since Riptide posted a story last week that reported Garcia was in foreclosure, details of other fiscal indiscretions have emerged.

Since the foreclosure filing in 2009, Garcia's bank -- not Garcia -- has paid property taxes on his home to the tune of $16,952.29, records show. Banks sometimes pay property taxes on homes in foreclosure to protect their investment.

Garcia now owes $323,040.21 on the home he purchased in 2001 for $167,000, records show.

"For the record, you are negligent in your lack of truth and facts, and have failed to properly research public records," Garcia said. "My home is current and up to date on payment of all property taxes.  This has always been the case.  I have never failed to pay my property taxes since owing my home in 2001."

During his 2011 campaign interview, Garcia said the biggest issue facing the city -- located adjacent to Miami International Airport -- is its "commercial versus residential tax base."

But Garcia's own business owes back taxes, too. Garcia is president of Miami Springs-based ZMG Media Inc., or what he describes as a "grassroots gorilla marketing" firm.

According to a tax lien filed in 2010 by the Florida Department of Tax Revenue, ZMG Media owes $1,803.41.

"My wife and I are at the brink of resolving this matter with our bank and really don't feel that anything good could come from you doing so [writing about it]," said Garcia last week via text message.

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tax lien certificates

With debts from the IRS, it can result in the personal property loss including the house, car, and other items of worth.

Busta liar
Busta liar

He has lots of secrets he would rather not share. Just wait until they come to light.

Frankie
Frankie

This Garcia guy is garbage.

Anne Marie Florence
Anne Marie Florence

He is a criminal and could go to jail any day now! He owes almost $200,000 in unpaid income taxes. This was filed with the court on 06/08/11. He owes Sunpass almost $300 which will lead to (if not already) a suspended driver's license. I can understand the foreclosure, but he is BREAKING THE LAW by not paying income tax and Sunpass and can be arrested at any time and sent to jail.  Wonder what that will do to the City of Miami Springs reputation?

FloridaFan
FloridaFan

This   Zavier Garcia   is a LIAR !!!   His statement ... " "My home is current and up to date on payment of all property taxes.  This has always been the case.  I have never failed to pay my property taxes since owing my home in 2001."  ... is a   plain stinking  lie. You  can search and find a tax certificate  put out in   2008  for  back taxes.  If you're  gonna bullshiit   the  Citizens   of  Miami Springs   into  voting you  Mayor of their city that's one  thing, but  don't think    you can BS   everyone.  This  guy is   as bad  as Rick Scott ...   thieves   all ...

FloridaFan
FloridaFan

This Zavier Garcia fellow says,  - "I have never failed to pay my property taxes since owing my home in 2001."Doesn't this wannabe politician know that  lies like this  are easily found by doing a  simple search and finding a  tax certificate issued on his property

look here   --- >  http://i54.tinypic.com/x21ojq....

lmao,  what a friggin  doofus

Inyourfacegal
Inyourfacegal

Someone should ask ZMG to quietly step aside until this is all resolved; this is a complete and utter embarrassment to our City. 

Guest
Guest

Good work, New Times, looks like you caught the mayor in a lie.  As far as Garcia’s property tax payments are concerned, page two of the Affidavit of Indebtedness using your link shows real property taxes were ADVANCED by his BANK and NOT PAID by HIM.  Therefore, he has FAILED to pay property taxes. Is it too late to RECALL him?

Taylor Andre
Taylor Andre

I've been away at school for a year and I come back to all this? Worst summer ever.

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