Mayor Still Owes Taxes To Oaklyn

Posted: November 11, 1993

OAKLYN — Though Mayor Vincent Scriboni is repeating predictions that his financial woes will soon be resolved, little has changed a year after he became the borough's biggest tax delinquent.

"We're certainly in better shape than a year ago," he said in an interview last week.

Yet the building that Scriboni owns at 215 W. Clinton St. in Oaklyn is once again up for tax sale, and the mayor now owes $26,665 in back taxes and sewer fees.

That debt places him second among 15 delinquent owners of property in this borough of 4,400.

Scriboni owes Oaklyn $16,343 in 1992 property taxes, $10,021 in 1992 Camden County Municipal Utility Authority sewer taxes and $201 in local sewer fees for 1992, plus $100 in advertising and miscellaneous fees, according to Tax Collector Judith Pierce.

In each of the last three years, the borough has sold a lien against Scriboni's commercial property to Voorhees resident Barry Kahn. Those liens amounted to more than $36,000.

Scriboni has paid off the first lien - $2,090 in 1989 sewer taxes he owed on the property. He said that he has also paid off several thousand dollars of the $36,000 debt to Kahn, but he was unsure of the exact amount.

Kahn has said he purchased the liens as an investment for a pension plan for a company he owns.

Lienholders can foreclose on a lien two years after buying it.

Scriboni said it was "possible" that he would be able to settle his debt with the borough by this year's Nov. 23 tax sale.

"We're saying a few rosaries," he said.

The mayor owns the West Clinton Avenue property under the name Scriboni Enterprises, and he and his three sons run a plumbing and heating business

from the property.

Calling himself a "victim of the recession" Scriboni has characterized

himself as a small businessman dealt a sharp blow by the recession and a 1990 revaluation in which the value of his commercial property - and his tax bill - shot up.

Scriboni bought the 23,000-square-foot property in 1986 under a lease- purchase agreement, and in 1989 took over its mortgage.

Then, when the real estate market bottomed out, he said, he couldn't find financing to finish work on an 8,000-square-foot space on the property's second floor. The space remains vacant.

But Scriboni said that in the last two months, two persons have told him they were very interested in purchasing the building. One is a current tenant.

In interviews since 1991, Scriboni has said he expects a bank will give him approval for refinancing.

While one tenant has moved out since 1992's tax sale, three have come in, the mayor said, and the first floor of the property is fully occupied.

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