Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia Owes IRS Nearly $200,000

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Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia.
No wonder Miami Springs Mayor Zavier Garcia made it a point in his campaign to plead for lower taxes.

Not only is there a $1,803.41 state tax lien on his company, ZMG Media, which we reported about last week, but on June 8 the IRS filed a $198,672.75 federal tax lien with the Miami-Dade County Recorder's Office for unpaid back taxes.

Records show that the mayor -- who said "please reduce our taxes" at a candidate's forum before his April election -- owes back taxes in five of the past ten years:

2001: $24,963.07
2002: $18,343.14
2004: $51,954.79
2006: $59,906.66
2008: $43,505.09

In addition, a statement of financial interests filed by Garcia last January, when he campaigned for mayor, does not list any liabilities. Filers who do not have any liabilities or major debts must write "none" or "n/a" on the form, according to the instructions. This section of Garcia's form was left blank.

Garcia has been the subject of recent New Times stories. One showed that he owes $323,040.21 on his home that is in foreclosure and which he purchased in 2001 for $167,000.

Another story reported that prosecutors are eying Garcia's campaign finance statements, which show expenses totaling $19,328.51 went back to a company Garcia lists as his secondary source of income.

Last April, Garcia was elected mayor by 54 percent of voters in Miami Springs, a small city near Miami International Airport with a population of 13,000.

During his 2011 bid for office, signs depicting little green shade trees with the slogan "working for us" sprouted on lawns across the city as Garcia raised more than $63,000 -- the most in the city's history.

The two most important issues facing Miami Springs, according to Garcia, who spoke at a 2011 candidates' forum, were to maintain the quality of services and reduce taxes.

"Reduce our taxes," said Garcia said at the forum.

"Please reduce our taxes."

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Frankie
Frankie

This Garcia is a known  thief, thinks that he's above the law because he happens to know a few people that are 'connected'.  200 thousand dollars in unpaid  taxes  that he thought he could  recoup    by  being elected  Mayor.  This   Zavier  Garcia  is a  rotten father for not taking care of his private affairs in the hope of stealing the  funds from the public.

CynthiaPax
CynthiaPax

Explain you ignorant how is he is stealing from the residents to pay of his debts? And how do you know what kind of father he is.... We are human beings and we all at one point or another have made wrong choices, think how many you have made before you talk crap about someone else. You think you are any better.....come on now!!!!!!!

Hully
Hully

Before you start accusing another of ignorance please read the articles on this Xavier Garcia and see where he diverted funds from his campaign to his own pocket. While we are all human beings as you say and we all make mistakes we don't all steal from the public and run for office while also deceiving the residents about ones finances. All people make mistakes but those that run for mayor of any city need to be aware that their mistakes  will not be tolerated as a public official. They are after all in charge of spending our tax dollars wisely.  Which is precisely why this person should resign. CynthiaPax  is obviously too stupid to search before criticizing others.

miami786b
miami786b

Can we take back our votes for this guy?

xfn2011
xfn2011

Where is Miami Springs?never heard of it before.guess it's on the map now.

goingdownnow
goingdownnow

Who goes first the Washington Weiner or the springs thief?my bets on the thief most all of us guys can relate to a little weiner

miami786b
miami786b

been waiting all day for the mayor's supporters to spout off.  guess they finally gave up?

thefbi
thefbi

Wow what a stupid electorate in Miami Springs- is the new times the only one that checks these thieving politicians out?  No wonder he needs the job- so he can steal to get outta debt! Where's the FBI when yu neeeed them-ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?????

miami786b
miami786b

Unfortunately, I live in Miami Springs and most folks here as dumb as a box of rocks. damn, mayor owes 200 large to the irs? this is channel 7 shit.

xfn2011
xfn2011

You have got to be kidding me?

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