L’Italien Blames Republicans for her Non Payment of Taxes, Erroneously Claims her Opponent had Liens as Well

babsBy: Tom Duggan 9/23/14

Senate Candidate Barbara L’Italien issues a statement today in response to The Valley Patriot’s news story that she owes more than $7,000 in back taxes while loaning more than $13,000 to her senate campaign. (STORY HERE)

In her statement L’Italien blamed the issue on her opponent Alex Vispoli and the Republicans but does not explain how she was able to afford loaning $13,000 to her campaign for state senate, while not being able to afford $7,618.58 for the 2011 and 2012 back taxes she still owes. 

Vispoli_Lien_1L’Italien’s statement addressed her reasons for not paying her taxes but deflected attention away from her own tax problems claiming that Alex Vispoli, her opponent in the senate race, had liens against him as well … 22 years ago.

Documents sent to The Valley Patriot by the L’Italien campaign appears to show that Vispoli owed $855.01 back in 1997 in municipal taxes to the Town of Andover and also appears to show that in 1992 he once owed $2,693.33. 

L’Italien campaign spokesman, Wes Ritchie called the Valley Patriot offices shortly after the original story was published on-line claiming that the story we should be focusing on is her opponent, Alex Vispoli and his “tax problems” and why “Republicans” leaked out the story about L’Italien’s currently owed back taxes.

Ritchie said that the Valley Patriot published the story of L’Italien’s tax lien before she herself was even notified by the Department of Revenue. 

“Shame on Alex for resorting to gutter politics,” L’Italien’s says in her statement, “rather than talking about his plan for helping working families here in the Merrimack Valley.” 

EDITORS NOTE: The Valley Patriot did not receive the story from Vispoli but, rather by doing research.  

L’Italien Documents Not What They Appear to Be

A careful inspection of the documents sent by the L’Italien campaign show that they are not municipal liens against Vispoli for non-payment of taxes as L’Italien and her spokesman Wes Ritchie had claimed.

The Documents are actually “Municipal Lien Certificates” required by Massachusetts State Law when a house is sold or a homeowner refinances their mortgage to bring all current tax and water bills up to date before the transfer can take place. 

“Those two certificates are from when I bought my house and when I refinanced,” Vispoli told the Valley Patriot early Tuesday evening.

“That’s a lien certificate which shows my taxes were paid up to date on the day the transactions took place.”

Asked if the campaign was trying make light of L’Italien’s failure to pay taxes which are still owed, Ritchie replied, “If we are going to start talking about liens, I think Alex Vispoli’s municipal liens should also be in play. He had liens too.”

In her statement, L’Italien blamed medical expenses and her family medical situation for not paying her taxes, saying that she is on a payment plan and has an appeal with the Department of Revenue for medical reasons. 

Vispoli_Lien_2Statement & Attachments From Barbara L’Italien re: Vispoli and L’Italien Tax Liens 

“I’m disappointed that my opponent and his Republican operatives are playing political games over a dispute that has been settled between my family and the Department of Revenue, especially because of the multiple municipal tax liens that have been placed on Republican Alex Vispoli’s property in the past, and his record of raising taxes on Andover families by over 25% while a selectman. Shame on Alex for resorting to gutter politics, rather than talking about his plan for helping working families here in the Merrimack Valley. 

 As the mother of four, and a caregiver for an elderly parent I know what it is like to face tough financial circumstances.  In recent years my family faced several serious medical issues that put a great strain on our finances. My family has an active appeal with DOR based on these medical expenses, and we have also been on a payment plan while we await the full appeal. We are confident that once the appeal has concluded, we will receive our payments back from the Department of Revenue and this matter will be fully resolved. 

Franky, this kind of attack shows me the kind of person Alex Vispoli is. In the last 8 years, Alex has raised property taxes 25% in Andover for families and 28% on Andover’s small businesses. All the while, Alex has concealed his past municipal tax liens from the voters of Andover. By slinging mud, Alex is trying to avoid talking about his record of raising property taxes in Andover and about his own personal municipal tax liens. 

 I’m running for State Senate because working families across Andover, Dracut, Tewksbury and Lawrence have been feeling financial pressure now for years, and we need a voice in the State Senate who will work every day to ease the burdens faced by families, by seniors, by college students and by everyone across our region. We don’t need Alex Vispoli’s negative attacks – we need him to answer for his record of raising taxes on families and small businesses in Andover.”

– Barbara L’Italien


9 Responses to "L’Italien Blames Republicans for her Non Payment of Taxes, Erroneously Claims her Opponent had Liens as Well"

  1. Denise   September 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    There should be a list published of all people owing taxes, including government employees, and other elected officials, not just 1 or 2 people.

    • cynthiastead   November 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      There is. And it is at your town hall as a public record. All you have to do is look like Tom did.

  2. John   September 24, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Another liberal hack from the ‘do as I say – not as I do’ mentality.

    L’Italien simply need to go away once and for all.

  3. Duncan Burns   September 24, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    L’Italien’s hubris knows no bounds.

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  5. Bill   September 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Really calls into question her judgment to be an elected official Campaign funding a higher priority than tax paying.
    Imagine what she’d be saying about Vispoli if he didn’t pay his taxes?
    But the biggest laugher is her blaming Vispoli and Republicans for her situation being publicized. She’s just deflecting from her own actions trying to change the subject.

  6. Jon   September 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    She’s doing a great job assigning blame to everyone but herself. If she can afford a 4600+ sq ft home worth $870k, she can choose to pay her taxes or downsize to something that resembles what most of her constituents live in. I doubt the hard-working, tax-paying supporters are crying over her hardship maintaining her mansion and poor little rich kid lifestyle.

  7. Mike D'Arezzo   November 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Ms. L’Italien was notified 3 times by the Mass DOR that a lien was going to be placed on her home for non-payment of Taxes.( She ovisley Had the money in the bank.) She was able to loan her campaign $13,000. If Mass DOR Notified you 3 times I would think they didn’t accept “YOUR PAYMENT PLAN” So That Tells Me She Is A Liar. By The Way She Earned between $60,000 & $75,000 For The Part Time Job Of State Rep And when she lost her re-election Bid To Rep. Jim Lyons A Job was created for her in the State Treasures Office with a Pay Of $100.000 Plus. Hopefully we will keep her retired on Tuesday.

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