REVERE - Owners of Wonderland Greyhound Park wired a lump sum payment yesterday of $752,301 to the City of Revere to cover two years' worth of back taxes and utility billsNo, they weren't worried about the Question 3. They were worried about their license.
The payment makes the track current on its debts to the city through Dec. 30, takes it out of foreclosure, and comes just in time for a reapplication hearing for its operating license this afternoon with the State Racing Commission.Once upon a time, rumor has it, there were consequences for not paying property taxes: property seizure. Apparently, those rules only apply to people, not special interests. With enough lobbyists and allies in government, two years of tax evasion is no biggie. The Mayor of Revere didn't mind much, but then again he wasn't one of the dozens in Revere to be laid off over the past few years, dozens who wouldn't have lost their jobs if Wonderland paid its share in taxes.
Of course, people can hold Wonderland accountable on Tuesday, even if state officials won't. Vote Yes on 3.