A City Council candidate in Spokane Valley has been penalized repeatedly for failing to pay state and federal taxes, court and property records show.
The state has issued tax warrants against David Crosby for money owed in six tax years since 1999.
Additionally, the property settlement in his recent divorce paid off $16,848.07 in federal taxes owed by his household in 2001 and 2002.
Documents show he’s paid $8,700 in back state taxes over the years, and at one point the IRS placed a lien on his property for $5,183.84 in taxes from 1999 and 2000.
Crosby, a planning commissioner, announced in June that he would campaign for the seat held by departing Councilman Mike DeVleming. He faces Rose Dempsey and Joseph Edwards in the Aug. 21 primary.
Council members ultimately decide how tax dollars in the city’s $77 million budget are spent.
“My past is behind me, and I can learn from the past and move forward,” Crosby said.
He pointed to periods of slow sales at his business, American Dream Homes, during the times state taxes went unpaid. He’s run the company in Spokane Valley since 1995, employing three other people.
“That’s just the joys of real estate, sometimes,” he said.
Crosby describes his lifestyle and spending now as substantially different from when he was married, and he said all of his tax debts have been resolved.
“I can’t change the history that’s behind me,” he said. “All I can do is stand up now and say, ‘Look what I’m doing.’ “
Crosby has held leadership positions with state and local Realtors associations, and his candidacy was recently endorsed by the Spokane Homebuilders Association.
According to court records, his ex-wife, Jeanine, alleges that Crosby’s life at home was different than his service to the city and the business community.
In 1992 she filed a restraining order against her husband. In her request for the order, she alleged that he had broken her ankle, pointed a shotgun at her face, pushed her, grabbed her by the neck and wrestled her to the ground.
“I am terrified of David,” she wrote.
They got back together after Crosby took anger-management classes, according to divorce records. Although his ex-wife describes him as emotionally abusive in the divorce, there is no record of domestic violence after 1992.
“I needed to figure out how to communicate with my partner,” David Crosby said, describing the domestic violence program he participated in.
“I learned from my mistakes, and that’s what I try to do,” he said.
A search of court records in Spokane County revealed no criminal or tax cases against candidates Dempsey and Edwards.