Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua hit with a $5,475 tax lien
Just days after announcing his reelection bid, Mayor William Lantigua of Lawrence has been hit with a $5,475 tax lien for allegedly failing to pay state income tax in 2011.
The state Revenue Department filed the lien against Lantigua last week, the embattled mayor’s latest misstep in a three-year tenure dogged by controversy. The agency took the step after Lantigua did not respond to several notices over at least six months, a spokeswoman said.I want to know what Lantigua *really* did. For the state to go after a minority mayor of a largish city with a large immigrant population, he must have some serious skeletons in his closet. He's already had senior aides indicted for wrongdoing; is accused of having MA State police cars transferred to a dealership he has ties to; and pressured a local waste management firm to "donate" a garbage truck to a town in the Dominican Republic that supported his re-election campaign.
For the state DoR to actually hit him with a lien, that's serious. He pissed somebody off, and the only person with the pull I can think of is Cadillac Deval himself. Anyone else that took the significant step of having a lien attached - the next step is for the DoR to start garnishing Lantigua's wages - must be pretty high up to be able to overcome the resistance to investigate the mayor of a large city.
Either that or maybe Willie didn't donate enough to Cadillac's going-away party...
That is all.