HARKER HEIGHTS — The city announced late Friday afternoon that Mayor Mike Aycock resigned from office due to “unfortunate financial circumstances beyond his control.”
His resignation was effective Feb. 1.
A news release said Aycock was unable to fully discharge his property tax obligations before a Jan. 31 deadline, which disqualified him from holding office according to the city charter.
Although Aycock presided over a city workshop meeting Tuesday, by Friday afternoon his photo and name were removed from the city of Harker Heights website.
City Manager David Mitchell said the resignation does not disqualify Aycock from seeking re-election, so long as his tax obligations are resolved before taking office if elected. Aycock has filed for re-election.
Tax trouble for Aycock isn’t new.
In 2012, the Bell County Tax Appraisal District sued Aycock’s construction company for unpaid property taxes. According to Herald archives, the district sought $8,644 in unpaid 2010 ad valorem taxes on four tracts of land owned by Aycock Construction Inc.
In August 2012, Aycock told the Herald his lawyer was working out a payment schedule. The appraisal district could not be reached Friday afternoon to verify whether the taxes were paid.
Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson will take over mayoral duties until the municipal election May 10, according to the city charter.
Robinson said the resignation caught him off guard.
“It’s not an easy thing to talk about. He was a great mayor and a good friend,” he said. “We are going to carry on. The city is in great shape, and I will continue with what Mike was doing for the next three months. ... The city will continue to do good things, and it’s just an unfortunate set of circumstances for him.”