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City of Mullens in major debt

MULLENS, WV (WVNS) - A Wyoming County town is in trouble with the IRS.

Just days after Jenny Ann Calhoun-Lusk was sworn in as Mayor of Mullens, she realized there was a huge problem on her hands.

Lusk discovered years of debt that was ignored by previous mayors. Now, it is up to her and other city leaders to save the city.

Lusk announced at the City Council meeting on Monday that the City of Mullens is in major debt. They owe $100,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

The debt is for back taxes the city owes the government.

Lusk said she knew the city had problems going into the election. She soon found out that the city has not been audited since 2014, and they owe more than $60,000 to the auditors office. 

That led to more discoveries of debts that go all the way back to 1999. Just how deep the problem goes still is not fully known, but Lusk said she and her administration are working to fix it.

"We're just bleeding and we have to try to patch this, keep operational and get out of debt," said Lusk.

Lusk said she will not hide any of the city's problems from the people. She said the public has a right to know what is going on. 

"The citizens of Mullens deserve to have this fixed, and they deserve to have a financially sound city," Lusk said.

Mayor Lusk said she is working to cut expenses, pay off debt, and find new sources of income. She said lay-offs will be the last resort. 

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