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‘I’m sending you some bootstraps’: Online fundraiser trolls KY’s Tea Party governor over unpaid taxes

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Kentucky’s Tea Party Gov. Matt Bevin hasn’t paid property taxes from last year on his Louisville home, so his critics set up an online fundraiser to mock him.

The Republican governor was supposed to pay $9,157.05 in 2016 property taxes for his private residence, valued at just under $700,000, in the city’s Cherokee Gardens neighborhood, reported WDRB-TV.

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The amount swelled to $11,080.03 with late fees and penalties after Bevin failed to meet the Dec. 31 deadline, according to records maintained by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Bevins paid their property taxes on time between 2012 and 2015, the sheriff’s office said, and a local government database indicates they paid on time until last year since buying the home in 1999.

A GoFundMe page was set up to ridicule the governor, a small-government conservative who wants to cut taxes and roll back the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

“Gov. Bevin has talked about poor people having skin in the game. They should pay something. Even if it’s a little. It will help them feel less poor,” the fundraiser page says. “The Governor is in a jam. He hasn’t paid his property taxes and they now total S11,080.03. If we come together . . .we can pay his tax bill for him because he’s too busy to be bothered.”

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The fundraiser has raised a paltry $55 of its $11,100 goal, but each $5 donation came with a snarky comment.

“I heard he lost everything in the Bowling Green Massacre,” said one woman, referring to a phony terrorist attack cited by White House advisor Kellyanne Conway.

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“I’m sending you some bootstraps,” another woman said. “Feel free to use them to pull yourself up.”

“Thank you for making Indiana look normal, you crazy sh*tgibbon,” said one man.

It’s actually not the first time Bevin, a former investment manager who took over his family’s bell-making business in Connecticut, has been delinquent in his property taxes.

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A town in Maine filed a lien against his company, Integrity Holdings LLC, after he failed to pay his property taxes multiple times, and Bevin paid nearly $1,800 to settle the outstanding tax bill.

The news of those late payments broke during Bevin’s gubernatorial campaign, but he was elected anyway.

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