Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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State Rep. Darryl Rouson pays back taxes on Tallahassee townhome

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, has paid his property taxes.

After the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday that Rouson was three years overdue on taxes on his Tallahassee townhouse, he sent a cashier's check for $5,604 via overnight mail to the Leon County tax collector.

"It was just a stupid oversight, and I'm so sorry,'' Rouson said Thursday, adding, "I got people calling me asking if I need a job, if I'm destitute."

Rouson, future leader of House Democrats, said he has made all mortgage payments on the townhouse since he and his wife, Angela, bought it in 2010 from a former lawmaker.

The original mortgage had a $75,000 balloon payment that was due last July, but Rouson said the sellers agreed to refinance. Rouson denied he is in financial trouble, although he is no longer drawing a big salary from the law firm of Morgan & Morgan. He and founder John Morgan parted ways in April.

Rouson said he is also current on payments on his $470,000 St. Petersburg home and has "three or four" job options, plus an offer to share space with another attorney.

"I know something good will come as a result of this,'' Rouson said. "God always makes something good out of a negative situation.''

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