Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray and his wife, Freddie, president of the OPS board, owe almost $50,000 to the federal government in back income taxes.
The Grays have three outstanding liens that the Internal Revenue Service has filed with the Douglas County Register of Deeds Office.
The liens list $60,366.08 in unpaid taxes from 13 years, extending from 1996 to 2011.
Ben Gray, however, said the couple have been paying off the debt and are caught up through 2000. He said they still owe about $49,000.
The couple also recently agreed to increase how much they pay back monthly, he said, and plan to have their debts paid off by 2016.
The Grays at one point owed back federal taxes from the early 1990s but have paid them.
“We owe them tax money, and we're paying them back,” Ben Gray said.
He said the problem one year was related to moving into a different tax bracket and not changing their withholding amount. The others, he said, were simply falling behind on payments.
Ben Gray was elected to represent District 2 on the council in 2009. He retired from KETV-Channel 7 in 2008, after a 35-year career as a photojournalist.
Freddie Gray has served on the Omaha Public Schools board since 2008. She has been the board's president since January 2012.
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