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Selectmen's Notebook: Tax Deliquents To Be Called In For Hearings

Rail Trail proponents look for support taking next step.

The owners of three Tewksbury businesses, delinquent in their property taxes, will be called to appear before the Board of Selectmen next month.

At their meeting on Tuesday, selectmen voted to schedule public hearings on license renewals for Mavericks Restaurant and Lounge, 2212 Main St., Lowell Transportation, 911 East St. and Oscar's Pinata, 346 Main St. for the board's meeting on Feb. 12.

Over the last few years, selectmen have grown impatient with businesses that have been delinquent in their property taxes or water and sewer bills. This year, the board made the decision to hold off on renewing required licenses for such businesses if taxes were not up to date or payment arrangements made by Jan. 1.

According to tax information provided by the town, Lowell Transportation owes $3,760.36, Oscar's Pinata owes $29,314.68 and Mavericks Restaurant & Lounge owes $57,992.17. According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, the figures represent taxes owed for the previous 12-month period.

Rail Trail Proponents Seek Support For Grant

Members of the Tewksbury Rail Trail Organization appeared before the Board of Selectmen requesting support in their bid for a Wellness Grant from the Metro Area Planning Council.

According to Pete Miller, the grants awarded range from $5,000-$10,000 and would pay for the administrative expenses associated with establishing and running a Bike and Walking Trail Committee.

"There would be no cost to the taxpayer," said Miller.

Selectmen voted 4-0 to endorse the grant application.

"This sounds like an excellent citizens' initiative," said Selectman Doug Sears.

Miller's group is also requesting funding from the Community Preservation Committee to fund a walking and bike trail feasibility study.

In other business:

Selectmen unanimously approved the common victualler license and the amusement device license for Merrimack Valley Pavilion.

Selectmen heard a presentation from Carloz Jaquez of the Department of Public Works on a draft of the newly packaged town sewer regulations. (Editor's note: A separate article on this presentation will appear later this week on Tewksbury Patch.)

Dave January 10, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Do they still publish the names of tax delinquent home owners? I know they used to do that along with the amout they owe.
Richard Menard January 10, 2013 at 01:36 PM
I havent seen it on the patch but have in the Crier before.
Dave January 10, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Thanks Richard. The Patch would be a great place to put that list then we could see how much outstanding money the town is owed. Also how do they collect it if you don't pay??
Bill Gilman January 10, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Hi guys, I'm going to say that I would not publish that list and here is why: What would be the cutoff line? Someone who is overdue just one tax payment? 3? 5? Perhaps these folks are just going through a rough financial time. Maybe they got laid off or a family member is having a medical crisis. Why embarrass them? So maybe the cutoff is properties the town is taking for back taxes. Would we publish the names of home owners in foreclosure? Again, no. For the same reasons. I understand the info you are looking for ---- tax deadbeats, particularly developers or landlords with multiple properties. I can tell you that if an issue comes before a town board -- for example a developer wanted to build a new building and sought permitting but owed back taxes -- we will report it. Such was the case with these three businesses. They are looking for license renewal. Hope that makes sense.
Karyn January 10, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Just an FYI...they always did publish such a list in the Town Crier and year after year it was usually the same offenders the biggest of which are pretty much mentioned in Bill's post.

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