Fails To Get Tax Abatement
Waiting For Another Shot?
By ANDY THIBAULT
The Cool Justice Report
July 4, 2007
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This just in: Enfield Federal’s pitch for a tax break bit the dust this week. It’s down, but not necessarily out.
The tax abatement proposal for the bank developed by Big Anthony Troiano could not generate enough votes to pass and was tabled.
Negotiations took a bizarre turn recently when the town manager’s confidential mortgage information was leaked. At issue was the bank’s failure to produce a certain number of jobs.
Several Enfield Town Council members have recused themselves from the Enfield Federal tax break issue. The most obvious recusal is by Mayor Patrick Tallarita. His sister, state Rep. Kathy Tallarita, is employed by the bank. The Troiano’s and the Tallarita’s are close and have a number of common interests.
Significantly, the Enfield Federal tax break faces bi-partisan opposition.
Will they try again?
“It was pulled from the agenda for one last shot,” a source said.
Lobbying was said to be intense on this most recent round. Among the attributes cited on behalf of the bank were charitable contributions. However irrelevant, the attempted hustle irked taxpayers.
“I give to charity,” a local taxpayer told The Cool Justice Report. “Maybe I should get a break on my property taxes.”
In other developments:
• Patrick Tallarita has told associates he is essentially giving up his seat
for the remainder of the term.
• Land deals involving Troiano, Enfield Federal and CVS have come under scrutiny by law enforcement officials.