UPDATE: Moales’ campaign statement. The campaign of State Senate candidate Ken Moales says they welcome the support of political activists turned off by the $140,000 that Democratic-endorsed Richard DeJesus owes in personal property taxes on businesses, as well as his child support issues. Turns out Kingdom’s Little Ones Daycare for which Moales serves as chief executive officer owes $10,000 in personal property taxes going back to 2007, according to city tax records.
OIB reached out to Moales’ campaign for comment about taxes owned on the Stratford Avenue daycare facility. A campaign spokesman claims the daycare facility is tax-exempt, as a result “there is a specific form that needs to be updated every three years. Unfortunately, the assigned administrative personnel assigned to executing the renewal of this particular form at KLO did not complete this task.”
According to city tax records, however, taxes owed go back to 2007. No paperwork has been filed to reflect the tax-exempt status claimed. Moales has subsidiaries of his Cathedral of the Holy Spirit that are tax-exempt.
Moales is a petitioning candidate for the February 24 State Senate special election to replace Andres Ayala, the commissioner of the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
In the wild world of city politics, back tax issues for two candidates have taken center stage in a city that desperately needs the revenue. It undercuts a candidate’s effort to claim the high road on economics and tax reform, unless, of course, candidates argue not paying taxes is a credential for seeking office, as DeJesus has suggested.
It allows opponents to raise the question, Why are taxes so high in Bridgeport? Maybe because DeJesus and Moales don’t pay their taxes.
The reality is when it comes to personal property taxes, the levied equipment inside a taxable facility, the city has done very little to chase deadbeats, placing a priority instead on real estate back taxes.
Moales, a member of the school board, has been a lightning rod in city politics in recent years, particularly when he served as head of the Board of Education. He served as Bill Finch’s campaign treasurer for Finch’s first two runs for mayor. But then tax and foreclosure issues about Moales surfaced. He no longer serves as Finch’s campaign treasurer as the mayor seeks a third four-year term this year.
City tax records show past-due personal property taxes for Kingdom’s Little Ones Daycare going back to 2007 and rising.
Working Families Party candidate Ed Gomes and petitioning candidate Charles Hare are also in the race.
More on Moales from Jonathan Pelto here
Statement from Kirk Wesley, Moales’ campaign manager:
Kingdom Little Ones is a tax-exempt entity; however for personal property taxes, items such as computers, tables, desks, etc, there is a specific form that needs to be updated every three years. Unfortunately, the assigned administrative personnel assigned to executing the renewal of this particular form at KLO did not complete this task.
As a leader in 21st century Early Childhood Education in urban communities, Pastor Moales oversees four daycares, and sometimes, even though he would like to, he can’t do involved in all the minor details, such as filing tax-exempt forms.
This is a minor clerical error and will be resolved before the day’s end, and once the forms are updated any taxes accumulated retroactively will be forgiven. This is a common filing mistake that happens regularly with non-profits and churches.