Gorman Responds to Raptakis Tax Release

According to Gorman who is running against Raptakis for the District 33 Senate seat, an accounting mistake is behind the large amount of back taxes that he is said to owe to the Town of Coventry.


In response to the statement released by the Committee to Re-Elect Lou Raptakis in regards to unpaid back taxes by his opponent's landscaping company, Dave Gorman admits that a mistake was made in an annual tax report several years ago that has never been corrected. As of July 23, the tax bill for D. Gorman Landscaping shows a balance of $9,640.65 in back tangible property taxes and penalties to the Town of Coventry - an amount that Gorman said is inaccurate.

"I don't dispute the fact that my business owes taxes to the town of Coventry. What's in question is the amount that is owed," said Gorman. " My attorneys and my accountant are working to determine what that amount is. Once that amount has been determined, I will absolutely do what's right and pay the amount owed."

Gorman explained that there is documentation from his attorney to the town stating that an error had been made, however there has been no reply with the exception of additional tax bills with interest and penalties.

He also suggested that Raptakis' tax record may not be spotless either.

"I wish this would have been all behind us by now, but I am not going to let this change the way I am running my campaign," he said. "I'm still planning on being clean around the issues. We will march forward and certainly press the real issues."

According to Gorman, another inaccuracy in Raptakis' statement is that he is repeatedly referred to as the current Union President for the Coventry Professional Firefighters Local 3372.

"I am not union president anymore, " he said. "I resigned when I decided to run for senate. Vice President Russ Giles is now acting president until we hold elections."

Gorman, who was recently endorsed by the RI Democratic Party believes that over the course of his political career, Raptakis has not made significant progress for his constituents.

"The fact that the democratic party has endorsed me, a new face, rather than an 18-year political veteran speaks volumes in regards to how they feel towards him and his records," he said.

"Less than two weeks after becoming a candidate, it has now become obvious how Mr. Raptakis plans on campaigning and his methods should be a major concern to all the voters," Gorman continued. "I believe a candidate will serve in office the same way he campaigns. Mr. Raptakis is campaigning negatively and in my opinion that's a clear indication as to how he will serve the constituents if elected. Voters are tired of those tactics. "

coventry voter-Jay July 25, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Dave Gorman seems like an ok guy but we need to look a little deeper than just voting for the "OK" guy. He fits the mold of union firefighter or as they like to be called "Professional" firefighter. I guess that's so we don't confuse them with un-professional firefighters aka volunteers. So Dave is a fulltime firefighter in Coventry and runs a landscaping business on the side. Nothing illegal about that but I do have a few questions: Why are the taxes unpaid? Do you have workers comp insurance? Are you paying your help in cash or on the books? Do you even have employees? Are you running a full-time landscaping company you know a "professional company" if so are you paying Union Labor wages to your employees? Its about ethics and character Dave. How you run your business is one runs his life. . I for one think we have had just about enough Union members, Lawyers and organized labor insiders in the State House dictating to the rest of us. The last thing we need is more Union representation up there. We need real Business Owners who understand what its like to struggle under an oppressive tax system NOT part time landscaper who doesn't pay his taxes while collecting a pay check and healthcare on the taxpayer's dime. Also just so we are all clear if Dave gets elected we will be paying him and an a replacement for him on overtime while he leaves his shift to play part time legislator. We cant afford to elect Gorman literally and figuratively.
coventry voter-Jay July 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Dave you said "I believe a candidate will serve in office the same way he campaigns. Mr. Raptakis is campaigning negatively..." A Comment on how you run your side business in not "negative campaigning" If he called you names and pulled your family into it I would agree, but pointing out a FACT that you dont pay your fair share for what ever reason is not. . AND if you cant handle the opperation of a part-time landscape company while you work full time as a firefighter what makes us believe you can be effective at the state house.. How will you run being a Senator??? . I think you should stick to your day job or night job as it may be. We can go down the road of political experence another day in the mean time maybe get your house in order before you attempt a run to the State House.
Coventry Resident July 25, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Uh who's the political insider? From what I remember Raptakis was always taking shots at the insiders in both parties and always represented the town well. That's why I voted him back numerous times over 10 years. Can't say I would do the same for political hacks and guys who just want to line their pockets up there. Also, isn't this guy an insider himself? How many more handouts does this guy want? I don't think he would want to be promoting the fact that he was endorsed by any party and then say oh well Im not the insider.... geez wake up!!
Realistic voter July 26, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Coventry voter how do you run your business?? And truly how ethical are you ?, Do you run your business the way you ask of Mr. Gorman?? Come on now tell the truth. Big guy is your busness paid its taxes and have you been fair to this town? Waiting!!
Realistic voter July 26, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Just to let you know don't think Lou wanted the endorsment? ...wake up
coventry voter-Jay July 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I do pay my taxes and never late. I live within my means. I dont drive new car/trucks every 2 years. I have no credit card debt over 30 days old. Key...I live within my means earning a living with modest income. I dont think Im entitled to a pay check or pension. Sorry RV not everyone gets or deserves a trophy. . Gorman stands for all that is wrong at the state house. I have read his quotes in the paper. He has acted like a union bully in my opinion. And I have seen him in action demanding the district go after the "Dead Beats" Read the minutes. . So, does he pay his help Union wages????? Waiting........ . Pay your taxes Mr.Gorman like the rest of us, or get out of the race. Mabe he is just trying to fit up at the state house. . Do as I say, not as I do..... He will have a long run in that seat if he get in and we cant afford his politics. Sorry the truth hurts
coventry voter-Jay July 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Maybe Lou did want it, but when you take it you lose my vote. Im only 1 guy, but I'm not ashamed when I look in the mirror...other than being so hairy and sexy!!
Realistic voter July 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
"My background you dare say...I'm just a hairy gold clad heathen with too much money and no where to spend it" very humble Mike ( coventry voter)
Realistic voter July 27, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Go look at Lous tax paying background, When your wife made 125000.00 and you want a tax break on your pizza place and then have the nerve to point fingers.......You might get off the Kool-aid
Realistic voter July 27, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Why have you ever been a volunteer? doubt it. your not that kind of guy!
Realistic voter July 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
How about his wifes pension? Do you agree with that or is that a different story??
QuidnickCrusader July 27, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Perhaps the water is a bit muddy in regards to Mr. Gorman and his tax situation with the town, but because Mr. Raptakis chose to open the door here, his taxable status now bears scrutiny. Property records obtained here: http://www.appraisalresource.com/PropertyList.aspx?town=Coventry&Owner=raptakis&loc=-1&MapLot=-1 seem to suggest that Mr. Raptakis neither personally owns, nor personally pays taxes on the properties listed. The listed owners of the properties are Revocable Trusts in his parents names, which begs another question: Do they fall into the purview of the frozen tax rate for elderly property owners? Another interesting point is that Mr. Raptakis' residential property, to the rear of the restaurant, does not appear to be listed in the property search. Does this property exist on the tax rolls? Who or what entity is the owner of record? Have the taxes (both Town AND Fire District on the properties in question)consistently been paid in a timely manner? These questions must also be answered before we can deem Mr. Raptakis' house as "clean".
coventry voter-Jay July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM
To answer a few questions, No I am not mike the tree guy. I know who you are talking about. I have met him once at town hall.(paying my taxes) Some may say we have a similar sexy physique. He is a little taller than I am if memory serves me, but I compensate for it well with opulent gold chains and a permanent sweater vest. I was a volunteer Fire Fighter in CT as a young adult which lead me to the medical field I am in today. I also volunteer much of my time to an organization that helps children related to my profession.
coventry voter-Jay July 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I never said Raptakis we "clean" or that I would vote for him. As far as his wife drawing big$ from the well, I have often said you cant have it both ways. We cannot afford High Pay AND great fringe benefits/retirements. . There was a time in RI and in Coventry when you worked for the Town or for the State you expected that you would receive a lower wage than the private sector, BUT you received great benefits, many holidays and a retirement. . In some union circles that time is referred to as "The Dark Years" you know Pre-Union. . Today the tables have turned, and the pendulum has swung the other way. Public employees have organized and they have learned another language. Its a language spoken with fork tongue, it's the language of greed and entitlement, its the language of the RI politician, Its the language of MONEY. . Sending another Union Boss/Leader to the State House will not Cut spending, will not bring in business, and will not improve RI for ALL of us. His intentions may be honorable, we don't know, but he will play the game. HISTORY teaches us this. . There should be a sign on the State House steps "Leave your Morals and Integrity at the door" Very few ignore the sign on the way in, and History shows this to be true. Gorman has all the ingredients to become another strong voice for organized labor. I don't think we can take a chance on trying to prove me wrong.
coventry voter-Jay July 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM
About Ms Raptakis...I dont blame her or Lou for her pension and salary. You can blame the VERY SAME people who are supporting Gorman. They gave it to her and they are the Coventry Dems.
stingray boats July 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Couldn't have said it better. Police and firefighters do put their lives on the line for all of us, but there is a limit. More union representation on smith hill is NOT what we need. Oh wait, we have had years of that, and look at where we are now. Don't really care who owes taxes. Care who is going to pull our state out of the mess it is in.
Realistic voter July 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
You have alot of anger and hatred towards people, But hide behind a screen name tough guy, You don't BLAME them for her pension!! God you are a hypocrite. I feel that you just were not suited to be a firefighter and your jealousy eats you alive ( too fat to be one, couldn't pass a test what was it??? I will submit my name to lauren to be published if you do,,,, deal?? Show some fortitude for once in your life!!
coventry voter-Jay July 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM
So you disagree with me, therefore I must be wrong and to quantify your opinion/position with I must be hateful and jealous? . I do not blame any Muni/State worker for taking advantage of the opportunities that are presented to them as long as the system of issuance has proper check and balances. This is where the brackish waters of public service and public funded paychecks get muddied by elected official who cater to special interest, in this case unions. . Electing Gorman takes away a piece of the checks and balances. He will claim to be and unbiased voice of the people and again history will teach us differently. If this were not the case we as a state and town would not be in the financial mess created by these very same people. . You speak of my apparent hatred to which you have no example or evidence. You on the other said I'm a tough guy hiding behind a screen, I'm a hypocrite not suited to be a FF. You called me jealous and fat and I couldn't pass a FF test. So who is the one full of hate? . Realistic Voter, do you disagree with the salary and pension package Ms R has? I think the amounts stated if true were given irresponsibly and we hand them out at an un sustainable level. I don't care how you FEEL about this tell us what you THINK. .
coventry voter-Jay July 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Electing Gorman will help to sustain the very system that got us into the current financial mess we are in both locally and state wide. . More evidence????OK Gina Ramondo stated ending the colas both state wide and locally is needed with other changes to resuscitate the pension shortfalls. The Coventry TC responded to this by granting and extending colas to Coventry employees. So Gary Cote union truck driver knows more about finances that Romando? Or Gary needs the union vote to get re-elected?
coventry voter-Jay July 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM
One more thing, if you had to be of a certain size or physical condition to get hired by a local Fire Department, why do we see some rather stout fellows sitting in office chairs, in uniform, SMOKING inside the garage door where the rescue parks at Anthony Fire. . Maybe this is the same rescue used is Sex-Scandal that got a Kent Hospital Employee fired a few months Back. She may have admitted to participating in lewd acts with an Anthony FF. She got fired. Gary Cote did nothing about it. . I know they smoke in the building, in that bay. Maybe they are smoking as a post coitis ritual, who knows. . As un professional volunteer in CT as a kid, the Chief would not allow smoking at all. It had to do with work related injury claims ect. At Anthony Station they smoke in the building, and this is not rumor I viewed it my self.
Realistic voter July 30, 2012 at 02:29 PM
First of all Gary Cote (never met the man) has nothing to do with the Fire Dept, This town does not have right to tell the Fire districts how to run theyr'e dept. You have to look at the Boards and Chiefs, 2nd You are talking about Anthony, Dave is from central , have you ever seen that at a central station or Hopkins Hill?
Realistic voter July 30, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Why does business not lobby on behalf of themselves? And if Lou gets up there what do you expect from him? Think he is going to vote to cut his wifes pension or pay? He don't pay his taxes now and wanted more of a tax break on his pizza place! What does that make him? He had his time up there what did he do? Time to move on,
Lauren Costa (Editor) July 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Voter, please try and stick to the topic at hand. You're getting a little off track here. Thank you.
coventry voter-Jay July 30, 2012 at 03:42 PM
No problem Lauren, Gary Cote is the TC President AND he was or still is the Coventry Fire district board president (anthony). My rebut to was to clarify I am not to fat to be a Fire Fighter. I could sit on a chair and smoke as well as the best of them. . Now Dave looks to be in great shape typ to members of most of our Deps vice a few rotund fellows, and I know he is at central (CCFD) . So answer my question if you dare. Will we have to pay him and or a replacement for him if the session falls on a work night?
coventry voter-Jay July 30, 2012 at 03:52 PM


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