Selectmen Take No Action Against Mavericks ... For Now
Sep 14, 2016 06:32AM
By Andrew Sylvia
Attorney Doug Sears represents Mavericks Bar and Grille
Almost two years after representatives of Mavericks Bar and Grill paid over $100,000 to the town for previous back taxes, the restaurant’s delinquent payments to the town once again became a discussion point for the Board of Selectmen.
On Tuesday evening, the board heard testimony on the issue from Mavericks’ Attorney Doug Sears, following an earlier discussion from July on the overdue taxes and changes in the restaurant’s ownership structure.
As of the Tuesday meeting, documentation from Town Treasurer Kelly Odams indicated that there is $19,193.41 in real estate taxes, $1,062.46 in property taxes and $11.507.70 in water and sewer taxes related to the restaurant that is still owed to the town.
Just under $200 was more than 12 months overdue, an amount that will be impacted once Governor Baker’s Municipal Modernization Act comes into effect.
Sears told the board that $15,000 in back tax payments had been made to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue on Aug. 4 by Mavericks’ landlord, March and Main Realty Trust. He also told the board that the sewer and real estate payments were also the responsibility of March and Main.
The property taxes were the responsibility of Mavericks’, but Sears had full confidence that the late taxes would be paid in order to maintain the restaurant’s various licenses, which will need to be renewed later this year.
Additionally, the company is also undergoing a stock transfer due to the death of Renee Proctor in March. Rene owned 49 percent of the company and now Richard Proctor, Rene’s father, wishes to transfer Rene’s share to her son, Mark. Richard owns 51 percent of the company.
Paperwork regarding the transfer is currently pending with the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC).
Although no immediate action was taken regarding the taxes, there was an expectation from members of the board that all taxes, including those owed by March and Main, would be paid or the licenses would not be renewed.
“We’re being gracious having this discussion,” said Selectman David Gay.
A motion requesting that the ABCC approve the transfer of stock was unanimously approved.