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Rouson faces tax troubles on Tallahassee condo

From TBT's Susan Taylor Martin:

In 2010, state Rep. Darryl Rouson bought a townhouse in Tallahassee.

Since then, he has missed three years of property tax payments, falling so far behind that the unit soon could be put up for auction.

That's not all. Last fall, Rouson borrowed $20,000 from a relative using his already heavily mortgaged St. Petersburg home as security.

And this spring, Rouson parted ways with the Tampa law firm of Morgan & Morgan, which had been paying him as much as $565,000 annually.

Is Rouson, the future House Democratic leader, in financial straits again?

"No, other than someone who just loses their main source of income in the last couple of weeks,'' Rouson, 58, said Tuesday.

A hard-charging lawyer who said he was once addicted to crack cocaine, Rouson declared bankruptcy in 2002 while owing $360,000 to the IRS. He was still in bankruptcy proceedings when he and his wife Angela borrowed money to build a two-story, 4,400-square-foot home that they later refinanced for more than $550,000. More here. 

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