Mr. Jones explains away his negligence by claiming to have over-extended himself with running a business, serving on the council and caring for a terminally ill mother and mentally ill brother. But Judge Ellen L. Hollander was quite right to note that such an excuse doesn't wash considering the duration of his crime. And make no mistake, repeated failure to file tax returns is a serious crime for anyone, and more so for a public official who is responsible in part for setting local tax policy. It sends a terrible message for someone who helps set property taxes, recordation taxes, transfer taxes and assorted fines and fees to fail to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in income taxes, fees and interest. The conviction alone should be enough reason for him to step down.