Bruce Salisbury, an electrician who lives in Margaretta Township, dropped by the paper Monday to show me the bill he got in the mail a couple of days ago from the juvenile division of Erie County Common Pleas Court.
The bill, dated Jan. 23 this year, asks him to pay $6 for fees he ran up using the court system in 2001.
“A review of your records indicates that you have not been billed in this case,” the bill says. “We apologize for this tardy notification.
“Please pay within the next 30 days.”
Salisbury says he’ll pay the bill, but he isn’t clear why Erie County waited more than seven years to send him a bill for legal fees he incurred in the first year of George W. Bush’s first term, months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“I thought about sending them a quarter a month,” he said. “How do you run a business, and you bill somebody seven years later?”
Steve Schaeffer, deputy clerk in the Erie County Juvenile Division, told me the old bill turned up in an audit of court operations.