LaToya Cantrell blamed the debt on penalties and interest.

The mayor of New Orleans owes nearly $100,000 in back taxes, a local television news station reported after the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien on her home.

LaToya Cantrell owes $95,000 in back taxes, according to the lien. She told the New Orleans newspaper that she is working with a tax attorney to resolve the debt and has already paid $60,000 toward what she owed.

“I pay taxes, every single time,” Cantrell told the newspaper.

She added: “This is not a situation where you don’t pay or I have not paid. Fines or penalties have stacked up against the taxes that are owed and ones that really do take some fine tuning and work with a tax attorney.”

Menu