FAIRBANKS — Sen. Lisa Murkowski slammed Republican nominee Joe Miller on
Thursday for being a month late in paying his property taxes.
Miller and his wife owe $1,086.23 on vacant property they own in the Rosie
Creek area, according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s records.
Property taxes are due July 1 or can be paid in two installments on Sept. 1
and Nov. 1. If not paid next month, the Millers face a 10 percent penalty plus
“It is odd that Joe Miller, a candidate who wants states to have to assume a
host of costly administrative burdens, from managing unemployment insurance
benefits to education aid, is so careless about paying for local government
services,” Murkowski campaign spokesman Steve Wackowski said in a statement.
“For a candidate who is so opposed to federal assistance to help keep state
and local tax rates low, it is odd that he is denying local government the
means to afford to assume the burdens he wants placed on them and local
taxpayers,” the statement read.
Miller campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto said the campaign is still looking into
“Obviously, it will be rectified immediately,” DeSoto said.
According to the borough treasurer’s office, the borough does not begin
keeping track of how many people are late on their property taxes until next
Murkowski’s bar exam trouble
Of the many similarities between Murkowski and Miller that have been reported
this year, one of the lesser known facts is how they each became lawyers.
Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News last week that she didn’t pass the
Alaska bar exam until her fifth try.
The multiple choice portion of the test gave Murkowski particular trouble
until she took a preparatory course in Oregon offered by PMBR, Murkowski said.
She was so impressed by the course that she went on to be the company’s
representative in Alaska for several years after that, according to the Daily
On the other end of the spectrum, Miller spokesman Randy DeSoto said the
Fairbanks attorney and Yale Law School graduate was able to pass the bar exam
on his first try in 1995.