Selectman working to honor promise to pay off taxes 

Peter John Betkoski

BEACON FALLS — Selectman Peter Betkoski is working to make good on his pledge to put his town salary toward paying off his back taxes.

Betkoski pledged to use the money to pay off his debt during the Board of Selectmen meeting in April.

Since then, Betkoski has made two payments on his back taxes, one in June and one in July, both for $1,000. According to information from the tax collector’s office, the payment in June was returned due to insufficient funds.

In July, Betkoski made a second $1,000 payment and paid the $25 fee for having a check returned. This payment cleared.

Selectmen earn a salary of $12,000 per year. After taxes, Betkoski said he receives about $750 per month, but he wants to try and pay a $1,000 a month.

Betkoski owes about $23,000 in taxes for his company, Betkoski Brothers, dating back to 2014, according to town records. He is current on the taxes for his home.

Betkoski previously said his company fell on hard times as a result of the recession in 2008.

Betkoski, a Democrat, has faced criticism, especially from Republicans in town, for earning a salary as an elected official while owing back taxes.

During the August Board of Selectmen meeting, concerns were raised that Betkoski hadn’t been putting his salary toward his back taxes.

“These are all political issues that were thrown at me. I am getting tired of my name getting dragged through the mud over my tax issue,” Betkoski said.

In an interview after the meeting, Betkoski said he plans on continuing to make payments.