Stonehedge Owner Pays More than $50,000 Toward Tax Delinquency
TYNGSBORO -- The owner of the Stonehedge Inn & Spa personally delivered a check to town officials Friday to begin paying off hefty delinquent tax and sewer bills.
The check from Beej Das totaled $50,617.53, according to Town Administrator Matt Hanson.
“We’re happy he made the first payment and we hope the payment plan continues and the business remains fully operational,” Hanson said on Monday. “If the check clears today, the Board of Selectmen will likely hold a brief meeting to renew the licenses officially.”
Stonehedge was at risk of having its licenses revoked or suspended if it didn’t pay part of the more than $200,000 in taxes and sewer bills it owes by year’s end. Officials last week 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 $202,470.10, according to Treasurer/Collector Jennifer Finnigan. This figure includes taxes and sewer bills.
A message was left Monday for Das.
Das last Friday told The Sun that he became aware of the situation 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.”
Finnigan last week said a payment plan had been launched for the company in October 2017. Only one payment was made, the following month.
As part of the newly placed conditions by Tyngsboro, Das must still pay additional 25 percent payments on the last days of January, February and March.
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 earlier this year.
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