* Why he didn’t do this before he announced his statewide bid is simply beyond me. Greg Hinz…
The Democratic nominee for state treasurer has decided to pay his property taxes after all.
With political foes circling, state Sen. Michael Frerichs has reversed his prior decision not to pay just over $1,800 due for taxes on his legislative office in Champaign and has written a check from his campaign account covering levies due for six years, back to 2008.
Mr. Frerichs still believes that he was exempt, since he uses the office strictly for public purposes and rents the space from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, a public agency. But he’ll let Senate President John Culllerton appeal the underlying question of law, said Frerich Campaign Manager Zach Koutsky.
After Crain’s broke the story about the tax debt last week, “we got together and said ‘This is ridiculous,’” Mr. Koutsky said. “We’ll continue to appeal it, but in the mean time, let’s just pay it.”