Gary school board member owes $566,000 in taxes

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Lake County records show property owned by a Gary School Corp. member is behind more than $566,000 in taxes and penalties.

Marion Williams acknowledge the tax debts to The Times of Munster, but said some of the properties he owned were divided among his ex-wife and children. The properties are among thousands of abandoned or dilapidated properties in the city, which has a 42 percent collection rate contributing to the school district's $23.7 million budget deficit.

Williams doesn't plan on paying the taxes, saying he is a victim of the city's profoundly depressed real estate market.

Gary schools Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt declined comment.

Lake County Treasurer John Petalas said many of Williams' delinquent properties are scheduled to go on auction at his annual tax sale later this summer.

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