YOUNGSTOWN - Youngstown mayoral candidate DeMaine Kitchen paid part of the past due property taxes on his East Side home Thursday, the same day more financial and tax troubles for the mayor's chief of staff came to light.
Kitchen followed up on a pledge he made Wednesday when contacted by the Tribune Chronicle about the unpaid taxes to pay off a $2,394 delinquency, leaving, according to the Mahoning County Treasurer's Office, a balance of $2,441 for tax years 2011 and 2012. He paid $2,400.
The past due taxes are for Kitchen's home at 77 Struthers Liberty Road, not his campaign headquarters, which was reported previously.
A search of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court and Youngstown Municipal Court records revealed current and former tax-related and other financial problems for Kitchen.
Included are records of two released garnishments. The first was granted in 2006 for First USA Bank and another in October 2007 to Home Savings and Loan. Records indicate the judgments were for $2,409 for First USA and $2,632 for Home Savings, and the garnishments have been released.
In May 2007, Kitchen's home at 3302 Castalia Ave., Youngstown, was foreclosed on by Wells Fargo Bank.
Records also show open cases involving the Ohio Department of Taxation for non-payment.
A message left Thursday seeking comment from Kitchen was not returned.
When contacted Wednesday, Kitchen said he knew of the past due amount, but was unaware of the delinquency. He said confusion over whether the taxes were rolled into his monthly land contract payment led to the non-payment. A land contract recorded Aug. 24, 2001, though, calls for Kitchen, from that date forward, to be ''solely responsible'' for real estate taxes.
The last payment made was in August 2011, which is about the same time Kitchen and his wife began purchasing the home from Rosewood Investment Corp. The property deed has not transferred to Kitchen, who is buying the home for about $66,000.
Other candidates in the race are Democrat nominee John A. McNally, independent candidates Frank Bellamy and John Crea and write-in candidate Claudette Moore.