Deputies close Pitcairn bar for not paying drink tax

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Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies this morning padlocked Gone Country at the Firehouse Lounge in Pitcairn for not paying $3,704 in county alcoholic drink taxes.

The bar, located at 400 Second St., becomes the 45th establishment closed by Treasurer John Weinstein for not paying the 7 percent tax charged on all alcoholic drinks. Many have reopened after paying their tax debts.

Gone Country at the Firehouse, owned by D&D Enterprises, opened in 2008. No one could be reached for comment this morning.

Allegheny County Council originally established the tax at 10 percent to pay the county’s share of costs at the Port Authority, but it cut the levy to 7 percent in 2008 when it generated more revenue than the county needed to support that agency.

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