PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Treasurer has announced that the Allegheny County Sheriff executed a judgement against the 100-year-old Pittsburgh Athletic Association on Fifth Avenue.
“They’re in flagrant violation of the law, they have to pay,” Treasurer John K. Weinstein.
According to a press release, this action was due to a failure to pay the Allegheny County Alcoholic Beverage Tax and Hotel Occupancy Tax for nearly a year.
“Someone at this prestigious organization made a conscious decision to collect drink tax and failed to remit those funds that were paid by members and guests of the club; the misappropriation of these funds is a direct violation of the law,” said Treasurer Weinstein.
On Sept. 22, 2016, the Treasurer obtained a judgment against the athletic association for failure to file returns and pay the Alcoholic Beverage Tax in the amount of $48,610.34 and the Hotel Occupancy Tax in the amount of $7,838.96.
Weinstein told KDKA the Pittsburgh Athletic Association has refused requests to pay the amount owed.
A locksmith will change all of the locks on liquor cabinets in the building, no one will be able to access it. This will make it next to impossible for the club to hold functions.
“This will get their attention, that’s for sure,” said Treasurer Weinstein.
The PAA issued a statement early Friday evening to say the Board of Directors is “working to address this matter as quickly as possible, and hopes to have these taxation issue resolved fully by next week.”
The statement went on to say that the PAA is open to members and guests, and dining and athletic services are operational.