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Stonehedge Owner Pays Tyngsboro Another $50,000 Toward Back Taxes

March 1, 2019
The upscale Stonehedge Inn in Tyngsboro. Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

TYNGSBORO -- The owner of one of the fanciest inns in the region further reduced his delinquent tax bill to the community late Thursday, personally delivering a five-figure check and beating the town-imposed deadline by nearly a day.

Beez Das, owner of the Stonehedge Inn & Spa, gave the town a check totaling $50,617.53 about 4:30 p.m., said Colin F. Loiselle, executive assistant/administration. The payment was due by noon Friday when Town Hall closes, Loiselle said.

Loiselle declined to comment further.

Under the threat of losing its lucrative liquor license, the payment is Das’ third installment to resolve hefty delinquent property tax and water and sewer bills at the Pawtucket Boulevard address.

Under an agreement between Das and the Board of Selectmen, which is the licensing authority, Das paid the town $50,617.53 last Dec. 21 and the same amount on Jan. 30, 2019.

A final payment of the same amount is due no later than April 1, 2019.

The Sun first reported late in December that Das owed the community more than $200,000 in back taxes and water and sewer fees. Unless Das entered a payment plan, the town threatened to revoke his liquor license. For an establishment that prides itself on its voluminous wine cellar and the latest in cocktails, even a temporary revocation would have been problematic.

At the time, selectmen voted 5-0 to place conditions on Stonehedge license renewals unless the licensee, Boston East Tyngsboro Holdings, LLC, paid 25 percent of the money it owes the town before the end of the year. Das is listed as the signatory and resident agent of Boston East Tyngsboro Holdings, LLC, according to the Secretary of State’s corporation’s website.

The company owed a total $202,470.10, according to Treasurer/Collector Jennifer Finnigan. That figure includes taxes and sewer bills.

Das told The Sun in December that he became aware of the situation just two weeks prior. He said he understood it to be an administrative error and that it was not noted by his accounting team.

“Our team works with the town pretty extensively so somehow, over the period of time that this particular tax went unpaid, somehow it did not escalate either internally at our team nor did it escalate with the town,” Das said. “Obviously there was some procedural issue that let this last as long as it did.”

Stonehedge holds the following town licenses: Weekday entertainment, Sunday entertainment, common victualler, liquor-Inn Keeper (Stonehedge Inn & Spa), and liquor-off premise wine & malt (Stonehedge Cellars, LLC).

Das unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary in the 3rd Congressional District last year. Early in his congressional quest, Das loaned his campaign $280,000, saying at the time it would stimulate more donations if potential donors saw the candidate giving to his own campaign.

Attempts to reach Das on Friday morning both on his cell phone and at the inn were not immediately successful.