Poised to announce run, Santorum owed taxes on Pa. home (updated)

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) had tax trouble he needed to sort out on his Pennsylvania home.

The Republican presidential contender had a lien filed against him on his suburban Pittsburgh home after he was late on his 2009 property taxes.
 
Penn Hills Township filed a lien against Santorum for just under $500 last fall for his unpaid 2009 property taxes, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. He paid the tax bill a few months late, which meant he was slapped with a $40 penalty. His 2010 taxes on the Penn Hills house, which he bought in 1997 for $106,000, were paid on time.

The Santorum family spends most of its time at a larger home in Northern Virginia, but they have maintained their house in Penn Hills next to his in-laws' home. This isn't the first time the former senator has fallen delinquent on the property taxes.

The township filed a $275 lien against him in 2003, and the Penn Hills school district went after him for slightly over $200 in 2001. Santorum paid off both liens within a year, according to the Post-Gazette.

Santorum's residency was an issue in his 2006 reelection bid, which he lost to Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.).

Santorum will announce his presidential bid in Somerset County, southeast of Pittsburgh, on June 6.

— Updated at 4:22 p.m.

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