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As always seems to be the case in these situations, Bright says it's just a misunderstanding. He never got the notification because the state revenue office was sending the notifications to an old address.
In fact, after the Bright was contacted about the matter by Jason Spencer of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, he first said that he hadn't mentioned the problem to anyone because he didn't want to get special treatment.
But then he seemed to suggest that whole non-payment of taxes might have been an elaborate effort on Bright's part to do some DIY sleuthing on how the state taxing authority treats citizens who get liens on their property. "We don't owe it, and I just want to see how somebody gets treated on the outside," Bright told Spencer.