Maine congressman, fiscal hawk, was often late with taxes

PORTLAND, Maine — Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin touts fiscal discipline, but he and his real estate company were late paying taxes dozens of times.

A review of property tax records in the Maine communities of Oakland, Phippsburg, Georgetown and Bath indicates the freshman lawmaker from Oakland was assessed interest 31 times for tardy payments in the last 10 years for properties he owned outright, owned with his parents or was developing through his real estate company.

Poliquin’s property tax payment histories were among those of all members of Maine’s congressional delegation, as well as Poliquin’s Democratic opponent, reviewed by The Associated Press this summer through public records requests and interviews with town tax officials.

Poliquin’s track record was the worst, but he also controlled more property as a developer. He owned properties outright or through joint ownership with his parents; he held a stake in others through a real estate development company,

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