The Journal would like to clarify the editorial cartoon printed in its Friday, June 15, 2012 edition on Page A4.
The bills that the cartoon states Carpe Vino has not paid are two different annual assessment fees for the business improvement district collected by the city of Auburn. Carpe Vino’s owner, Gary Moffat, has publically stated in two separate public city council meetings he has not paid the fee. During the city council meeting Monday, June 11, 2012, Moffat said he has not paid the fee for two years.
There was no intention to implicate in the editorial cartoon that Carpe Vino does not pay other bills.
It was also stated during the June 11, 2012 city council meeting that the only two businesses in the Old Town business district within the revenue category that tops $1.5 million are Auburn Alehouse and Carpe Vino.
For a full account of this topic, read the story “$600 fee no easy decision” printed in the Tuesday, June 12, 2012 edition of the Journal and online at AuburnJournal.com.
For a report on the business improvement district fee, which also states that 112 businesses in Auburn were in collections for non payment of the fee, read “Are BID charges worth it?” printed in the Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Journal and online.