US Senate candidate had unpaid property tax bill

Posted February 18, 2014 11:44 a.m. EST
Updated February 18, 2014 12:46 p.m. EST

— One of the announced candidates for this year's U.S. Senate campaign had an unpaid property tax bill until it was brought to his attention by WRAL News Tuesday morning.

Dr. Greg Brannon, a Cary obstetrician, and his wife owed $8,779.19 on the home they live in in Cary, according to the Wake County tax records.

Brannon is one of five Republicans who have announced or filed to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

A check of the county tax department systems in their home counties shows that Hagan and Republicans state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Rev. Mark Harris, nurse Heath Grant and former Shelby Mayor William Alexander are current on their property tax bills.

In general, North Carolina property tax bills are due at the end of September. However, interest and penalties don't begin to accrue until the first week of January.

Wake County property tax records put the value of Brannon's house at $968,278.

Brannon, who was in Wake County court Tuesday waiting for a verdict in an unrelated civil trial, said he did not know he had an unpaid property tax bill and said his wife usually handles family business items such as that.

"Wow, thank you. I've got to make sure of that," he said when asked about the bill.

Shortly after he was asked about the bill, property tax records showed that he had paid the back taxes in full.