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11th Hour Tax Payment Saves Mavericks From Action By Selectmen

Sep 24, 2014 10:05AM ● By Bill Gilman
Mavericks Bar and Grille will continue to serve meals and drinks, after an last-minute tax payment saved the bar from potential disciplinary action by the Board of Selectmen.
A license hearing scheduled for Tuesday night's selectmen's meeting was cancelled at the last minute. According to Board Chairman Todd Johnson, representatives from Route 38 Entertainment Inc., the parent company of Mavericks, walked into the office of Treasurer/Collector Kelly Odams earlier in the day on Tuesday and brought their property tax, personal property tax and water bills current with a payment of more than $100,000. Of that total, about $9,000 was 14 percent interest payments. The business owed taxes dating back to Fiscal Year 2012.
Selectmen could have revoked Mavericks liquor license, business license and common victualler's license for having a tax bill delinquent for longer than 12 months.
But while the restaurant escaped the full-on wrath of the board, selectmen again voiced their frustration with the owners and said want explore options to prevent a repeat of the situation.
"Those who sit here (on the board) know this has been an ongoing situation," said Johnson, adding that he had talked with a former selectman who told him the board had been dealing with the same tax issues with Mavericks 10 years ago.
"I spoke with Senior Counsel (Charles Zaroulis) and the Town Manager (Richard Montuori) and Id like to explore what other avenues we can pursue with all license holders in town," he said.
'In my seven-plus years on the board, Mavericks has been in this (tax delinquent) category as a business," said Selectman David Gay. "I applaud (Johnson's) efforts to explore options with Town Counsel."

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