Cars begin to fill in the
parking lot of Buzdum’s Pub and Grill on Tuesday
afternoon in Germantown. The liquor license for
Buzdum’s may not be renewed this year due to the
$40,000 in property taxes owed since 2011.
John Ehlke/Daily News
GERMANTOWN - Buzdum’s Pub & Grill in Germantown may — or
may not — have its liquor license renewed by the
A complaint by the village was filed against Maple Road
LLC and Radomir Buzdum, agent and operator of the pub
and grill because of $38,633.86 in back taxes.
A vote on whether to approve a liquor license for
Buzdum’s will be held at a special meeting of the
village board at 8 p.m. June 29.
A little more than a year ago, the village adopted an
ordinance that states “no license or permit … shall be
granted or issued …. for any premises for which real
property taxes in excess of six months … are delinquent
A copy of a letter sent to Radomir Buzdum by Village
Clerk Barbara Goeckner says a liquor license “cannot be
issued until the following outstanding debts are paid in
full: (These amounts include penalty and interest only
through May, 31, 2015) Real Estate taxes for 2011 —
$16,235.18; real estate taxes for 2012 — $14,139.75 and
real estate taxes for 2013 — $11,753.60.”
“There is an additional outstanding amount that is less
than six months for 2014 delinquent real estate taxes of
$9,593.63. This amount also includes penalty and
interest May 31, 2015,” the letter adds.
The complaint was on the agenda at Monday night’s
village board meeting, according to a viewing of the
meeting on video on the village’s website.
Buzdum told the board he was in the middle of a
The building, which he does not own, is in receivership.
“I have been here five years. I pay $1,800 a month on a
lease. I have been paying on time every month,” Buzdum
said, adding that he pays the company that is overseeing
the receivership, which in turn is supposed to be paying
the property taxes.
“I have been trying to contact the company to find out
why the taxes haven’t been paid but I get the run
around,” Buzdum told the board. “If I don’t pay my
lease, I will be out of business and evicted. If the
taxes aren’t paid, you’ll deny me a liquor license, so I
will be out of business. It’s just a Catch-22.”
Trustee Terri Kaminski reminded Buzdum that the village
board members heard a similar story from him about a
year ago at license renewal time.
According to a story in the June 17, 2014, Daily News,
the vote to grant Buzdum a liquor license at that time
was called into question for the same problem — back
taxes of more than $50,000.
At the June 16, 2014 village board meeting, Buzdum told
the trustees that he had found himself “in a tough
situation ... I only lease the building. I’ve got
nothing to do with the taxes on it.”
On Monday night, Kaminski told Buzdum that a year ago,
she felt sorry for him and voted to approve his liquor
license then because he was the lessee and not the owner
of the property.
“I don’t feel sorry for you this time,” Kaminski told
him Monday night, noting that he had a whole year to
work the issue out before applying for his license
renewal this year, knowing the taxes are still in
Trustee Jeff Hughes made a motion to table a vote on
Buzdum’s liquor license until June 29, when the board
will be holding a special meeting to take care of a late
license application submitted by another business in
order to consider it before the June 30 deadline. Such
licenses are in effect from July 1 to June 30 of the
Kaminski told Buzdum that he should be prepared at the
June 29 meeting “to show us something significant,” in
terms of settling the back taxes on the property.
“I think you can sense the tenor of this board, that
it’s not happy,” Kaminski said. “We don’t want to be led
Buzdum was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
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