Kelley: Delinquent tax bill is paid in full
COAL TOWNSHIP - Northumberland County Coroner James F. Kelley said he has paid his delinquent tax bill.
Kelley said he contacted Berkheimer Associates, Coal Township's tax delinquency collector, Thursday and was able to pay the bill over the phone.
Kelley, who is seeking re-election to his fourth term, owed $701.25 in combined township, county and school district taxes from 2010 and 2012.
The delinquency was exposed by county Commissioner Chairman Vinny Clausi, who said he was tipped off by a Coal Township resident who he won't name. Clausi had township tax collector Sharon Castetter search records and produce a typed statement of what Kelley owed. Clausi e-mailed a photo of the statement to the media Tuesday night.
After his payment, Kelley said he received a copy of a letter Berkheimer sent to the county payroll office noting the county should disregard an Oct. 3 notice from Berkheimer to begin attaching Kelley's wages.
The tax issue was raised two weeks prior to the Nov. 5 general election and on the same day Kelley and three other row officers sued the county over salary cuts of 42 to 48 percent.
Clausi said Kelley failed to "lead by example" as an elected official by not paying the taxes and was critical of the delinquency in light of the salary-cut lawsuit.
Kelley said it was an oversight that the taxes weren't paid and took responsibility. He said he wouldn't comment on the lawsuit.
It was reported in Thursday's edition that Kelley was 20 minutes late arriving for the Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce meet the candidates luncheon. Kelley said he was originally invited to the luncheon through a phone call placed to his house, but prior to replying and getting details on the time, he was contacted by another chamber official who told him the candidates would begin speaking at 12:15 p.m. Kelley, who said he was meeting with a family over funeral arrangements prior to the event, said he walked into the luncheon at 12:18 p.m.