Crestwood superintendent’s home on tax-sale list; attorney cites pending divorce

By Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
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ASHLEY — A home in the borough owned by Crestwood School District Superintendent Joseph Gorham and his wife Shannon is listed on Luzerne County’s back-tax sale roster, but Gorham’s attorney says the matter relates to their divorce and that it will be resolved.

Records show the Mary Street property had delinquent taxes of $7,780.82 as of Thursday, covering the 2016 and 2017 tax years. Properties become eligible for auction if taxes have gone unpaid for two years.

It is listed for sale on the roster at a price of $13,209.08, which also includes current taxes due and applicable fees.

But the superintendent’s lawyer, William Vinsko, said he does not expect a sale to happen, and that he is expecting resolution in the case.

Gorham declined comment, referring all questions to Vinsko.

The couple filed for divorce in 2016, Vinsko said, and matters related to ownership of the house have been tied up with the divorce. It has not been finalized pending outcome of a state Supreme Court ruling on “collateral matters” related to the case, he said.

“This is not a matter of him not paying his taxes,” Vinsko added.

Gorham is still staying in the house, Vinsko said, while his wife is not.

Sale terms

A mix of 2,545 residential and commercial properties are eligible for Luzerne County’s main annual first-stage delinquent real estate tax auction Sept. 27, according to tax-claim records released earlier this month.

Property owners can avert their land being auctioned by paying the portion of taxes dating back two or more years — in this sale, that would mean everything owed through 2016 — which would be $4,107.89 for the Gorham property.

Owners also can avoid the sale by complying with a repayment plan, filing for bankruptcy or convincing a judge that temporary removal from the list is warranted.

The Ashley home is assessed at $104,500, tax-claim records show.

Attorney cites pending divorce, expects resolution

By Roger DuPuis

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