Acworth resident Dean Sheridan and Steiner’s attorney Joe Marion argued in a hearing before the board, which decided unanimously in Steiner’s favor.
Steiner was candid that he had owed back taxes to the state of Georgia and the Internal Revenue Service. But Steiner said the state taxes had been paid off for some time, and he had been making payments for years on the federal taxes, which he owed after a poor tax preparer erred on his returns and he was audited.
Sheridan filed a challenge March 14 with the county, alleging that Steiner’s bid was against state law, because of the back taxes.
During the hearing, Sheridan presented alleged county tax liens that the board couldn’t verify and Steiner said he had no knowledge of. The code section cited in Sheridan’s challenge was also revealed to be nonexistent.
The state Constitution allows those who owe taxes but are making payments to run for office.
Steiner said following the hearing he was anxious to continue his campaign and return to the school board to keep “helping the kids.”
Steiner is facing challenger Robert Strozier in the Republican primary May 20.