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Tax Lien Put On Gosselin Home

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My Fox Philly: The tax man is after Jon and Kate Gosselin in Lancaster County over a $2,700 unpaid water bill.

Jon and Kate Gosselin
Court records show the county has placed a tax lien on the Gosselins' house on Andrew Avenue in Elizabethtown, Pa.

The municipal tax lien was filed in the Prothonotary Office for $2,691.75 plus fees and interest for a "water tapping fee" in Upper Mount Joy Township.

According to the couple's arbitration agreement, Kate Gosselin is responsible for paying for water and sewer bills out of a joint checking account. This is a different account that Jon Gosselin was accused of withdrawing money from.

The same agreement says the couple has a $15,000 a month debt obligation related to their two houses and each parent must contribute $7,500 a month.

The house was built in 2006 for Jon and Kate Gosselin, but they bought a second house last year in Wernersville, Pa., for $1.1 million without selling the house in Lancaster County.

The Elizabethtown, Pa., house is still on the market.

Both Jon and Kate Gosselin are defendants in the case.

In October 2009, first reported that the family also may have a mortgage on the Elizabethtown house, according to county records.

The brick Cape Cod in Elizabethtown, Pa., was bought by the Gosselins for $280,000 in 2006.

According to Lancaster County deed and mortgage records, the mortgage on that house was $193,000 from the National City Mortgage, and the mortgage obligation was for Jonathan and Katie Gosselin (not a family trust).

The most-recent check of county records show that the mortgage has not been satisfied, as of October 5.

The documents for their current houses were filed in Berks County in October 2008.

Their current $1.12 million estate in Wernersville, Pa., was actually purchased in the name of estate lawyer William R. Blumer as part of a Revocable Trust Agreement last October.

The trust is registered to the same address used by Jon and Kate Gosselin in their divorce case. Such a purchase by a trust is common in estate planning when couples wish to avoid probate issues.

But the 6,000 square-foot house and its 24 acres weren't paid for entirely in cash in October 2008. There is a mortgage that is quite substantial.

The mortgage with Susquehanna Mortgage is also in the name of the estate and it is for $720,000 over 10 years.

As of October 5, the mortgage had not been paid off.

It is unknown if the Gosselins or the trust paid into the principal on the loan in the past 12 months.

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