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Department of Revenue seizes Cairo city councilman's business

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

CAIRO, GA (WALB) – The Department of Revenue seized a Cairo City Council member's business for delinquent taxes.

Law enforcement locked the doors and posted a notice of closure at Cloud and Son Funeral Home which is owned and operated by councilman Ernest Cloud, Jr.

Cloud owes more than one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars in sales tax he charged his customers but never filed.

That amount includes interest, penalties and fees.

Some residents are upset with the money the county would have received from the sales tax.

"He didn't think about everybody around here struggling with the recession," says Bridget Perkins, a Cairo resident. 

"We can't find jobs, people are robbing, they're killing because of no money. And he's around here stealing money out of his office. Me personally, if he's kicked out of office that's good because $125,000 is what this city could have used."

Cloud has until June 1st to either settle the debt or work out a payment agreement before the funeral home is put up for auction.

No word yet on whether the city of Cairo will take disciplinary actions on the elected official.

 
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