Citizen attack dog Marilyn Marks found herself in hot water again this week when Brent Gardner-Smith of the Aspen Daily News reported the millionairess know-it-all—and self-appointed guardian of the public coffers—was found to be in arrears on a property tax bill yet initially denied she was at fault.
At first Marks blamed the embarrassing snafu on her mortgage company. http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/130469
“But when it was later brought to Marks’ attention that she had personally written two previous checks for the Homestake Drive property tax bills dating back to 2007,” Gardner-Smith reports, “and that a mortgage company had not been involved, Marks blamed the late payments on her lack of administrative diligence regarding her personal finances.”
“Somehow,” she told the paper in an email, “I either lost or didn’t get the County notice — probably lost (???) — if you saw my desk (!!!), that is highly likely!!”
The irony was not lost on Gardner-Smith: the absurdity that a citizen advocating accountability in city government is actually one who can’t keep track of her own finances.
“I don’t have a staff whose job it is to do this,” Marks told Gardner-Smith. “The city does. I do expect more of the government when they have many staffers hired to stay on top of administrative details. And they are dealing with the public’s money.”
After arriving on the local scene with a bang—both fighting Ordinance 30 and uncovering the Burlingame brochure discrepancies—the never-silent Marks has petered out into complaining and kvetching over anything and everything. Now she has some explaining to do about why Aspen should believe a watchdog who can’t keep watch on her own personal life.