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New Wyoming County mayor learns city is thousands of dollars in debt

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MULLENS, W.Va. (WVVA) On day one of her new job as Mayor of Mullens, Jenny Ann Calhoun Lusk said she was handed a bill. It was for an IRS payment for $20,000. She later learned that bill was part of a much bigger problem. 

"I'm just trying to peel away the layers so we can find out where we are and get started rebuilding Mullens."

According to Lusk, the city owes the IRS a total $115,000 in back taxes But that's just the beginning, she said. When she called for an audit, she learned the city cant have another audit until it pays what it owes to that agency-- $63,000. 

"We are going to do what we have to do to make financially sound decisions and cut any fat that we can cut so that we can undo this."

The new Mayor campaigned on a platform of bringing grant opportunities and federal funding to Mullens. But with possible liens on the city, Lusk said her team will have to start with repaying old debts. 

"I have a passion and a love for Mullens. I will work day and night to turn this around. We can't leave any stone unturned and work with the government and people we owe to find out how we can reach restitution."

Earlier this year, the city's prior leaders announced they would have to cut 25 percent of the city's street lights due to a hike in prices.

WVVA News reached out to the previous administration for a comment, but had not received a response as of Tuesday afternoon.


 

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