YISD board trustee Ana Dueñez owes thousands in property taxes
Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 10:18 PM MST
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas – A source said a Ysleta Independent School District board trustee has failed to pay property taxes for several years.
Documents show that YISD trustee Ana Dueñez owes thousands of dollars in property taxes, which support local school districts. She also hasn’t made a full payment in three years.
Dueñez owes more than $4,000 at her Lower Valley home, and critics said she’s directly taking money from the students she’s supposed to represent.
She last made a payment in February 2013 of $155, but she owed more than $3,000 at that time.
Officials with the El Paso County Tax Assessors Office said Dueñez’s account was delinquent between 2011 and 2013, and she received noticed that if she doesn’t pay her debt, she could face litigation.
Ysleta Teachers Association President Arlinda Valencia supported Dueñez during her election. She said she still supports her now, and that the trustee has done a good job for the district.
“I don't know her situation. I don't know why, but the fact is that the voting that she's doing right now, the way she's speaking up for others, she's doing a great job,” Valencia said. "If it's true, I hope she can take care of it as soon as possible."
Valencia said Duenez does the bidding of her constituents, and that her overall body of work outweighs a mistake. She also said Duenez should not be removed from the school board.
"We totally support Mrs. Duenez, what we have seen her doing on that board, she's doing a great job," Valenica said.
KFOX14 tried to contact Dueñez, but she has not responded.
District officials said they won’t comment on the matter because it is a personnel issue.
KFOX14 also reached out to YISD board president Patricia McLean to find out what Duenez's future will be, but a call was not returned.