Here’s your 7-year-old bill. Please pay now

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


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.




Great bookkeeping...!!! I wonder what else they lose! I love the fact they bill him seven years later and expect it in 30 days...He should send him 7 cents a month, that should take about seven years to pay for it...Sorry for the tardy payments.....LOL

Anonymous (not ...

The seemingly asinine actions of government bureaucracies often tend to remind me of the major premise of the book 'The Peter Principle':

'In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.'



In business there are statues of limitations, this includes putting liens' on property or taking someone to court!

I would look into the laws about billing after a certain amount of lapsed time.

Once again, two sets of rules, one for the citizen another for Judges, Cops and politicians. Next they will legalize a Judge being permitted to write a COURT ORDER to force a county to provide a budget


Quit being a tightwad and just pay. Act like a MAN and not some punk @ss b1tch!