PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two local bars have been padlocked after failing to pay Allegheny County alcoholic drink taxes.
Officials say Gators on Saxonburg Boulevard in Indiana Township and Centannis on West Liberty Avenue in Beechview have been “habitually delinquent” on their Allegheny County Alcoholic Drink Taxes.
Gators reportedly owes more than $32,500 and Centannis owes more than $5,498.
“These closings are a continuation of my effort to protect the taxpayers from delinquent bar owners who misappropriate their money,” said Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein in a statement. “As I stated before, it is not fair to other bar and restaurant owners, and the taxpayers who frequent these establishments that the drink taxes collected are not remitted to the county in a timely manner.”
The seven percent drink tax helps pay for mass transit in Allegheny County.
So far, a total of 35 establishments have been shut down after failing to pay county drink taxes.
Gators is now reportedly reopened after being closed for about an hour and a half on Friday.