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Glassport business closed for failure to pay drink taxes

| Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Carol’s Café along Monongahela Avenue in Glassport was closed Thursday by Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay the county drink tax.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
Carol’s Café along Monongahela Avenue in Glassport was closed Thursday by Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office for failure to pay the county drink tax.

A Glassport business was closed for failure to pay the Allegheny County drink tax.

Bob Miecznikowski, manager of the county's special tax division, said sheriff deputies closed and padlocked Carol's Cafe at 840 Monongahela Ave. Thursday.

The business owes approximately $5,200 for a three-year period.

That amount does not include court costs or other fees.

“There are 21 months that were not reported to us at all,” Miecznikowski said. “As a result, our attorneys went to court on that basis ... There were four months (of non-reporting) in 2010, four months in 2011, 12 months in 2012 and two months thus far in 2013 ... This tax is based upon the business entity providing us what they did in their sales for the month.”

Locks at Carol's Cafe will not be removed until payment is made, Miecznikowski said.

“The last resort is a padlock,” he said. “We go through a good process to try to collect the tax from these people. It's not like they owe a month or two months, and we all of a sudden send out the strong arms to padlock them. We visit them. We encourage them. We phone them. We try to work with them, and when all else fails they're sent to legal. When they're sent to legal, that process that I explained is in effect.”

The sheriff's office closed 35 bars for failure to pay the tax since its enactment in 2008.

Miecznikowski said 2,200 bars are being watched.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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