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    OK to sell widow's home over $6 bill, judge rules


    BEAVER, Pa. (AP) -- A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

    The decision last week turned down Eileen Battisti's request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.

    "I paid everything, and didn't know about the $6.30," Battisti said. "For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy."

    Battisti, who still lives in the house, said Monday that she plans to appeal to Commonwealth Court. That court earlier ordered an evidentiary hearing, which led to last week's ruling.

    Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis wrote that the county tax claim bureau complied with notification requirements in state law before the auction. She had previously owed other taxes, but at the time of the sale she owed just $235, including other interest and fees.

    "There is no doubt that (she) had actual receipt of the notification of the tax upset sale on July 7, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2011," the judge wrote. "Moreover, on Aug. 12, 2011, a notice of sale was sent by first class mail and was not returned."

    The property sold for about $116,000, and most of that money will be paid to Battisti if further appeals are unsuccessful. An attorney for the purchaser did not return a phone message on Monday.

    Joe Askar, Beaver County's chief solicitor, said the judge got the decision right, based on the law.

    "The county never wants to see anybody lose their home, but at the same time the tax sale law, the tax real estate law, doesn't give a whole lot of room for error, either," Askar said.

    Battisti said her husband handled the paperwork for the property's taxes before he passed away in 2004.

    "It's bad - she had some hard times, I guess her husband kind of took care of a lot of that stuff," Askar said. "It seemed that she was having a hard time coping with the loss of her husband - that just made it set in a little more."
    How does this happen? She could have paid that with couch money.

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  • #2
    My guess is that what was owed was interest that accumulated. And then she ignored notices, as she thought she had paid in full. Seriously, how does the buyer go through with it? I couldn't.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
      My guess is that what was owed was interest that accumulated. And then she ignored notices, as she thought she had paid in full. Seriously, how does the buyer go through with it? I couldn't.
      Didn't somebody have enough common sense and decency to just call this woman?
      "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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      • #4
        I would think someone in the tax office would step up and pay the six bucks just to avoid the trouble of the auction and the lady being forced out.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RobJohnson View Post
          I would think someone in the tax office would step up and pay the six bucks just to avoid the trouble of the auction and the lady being forced out.
          That would require someone working for the government to give a damn about anything beyond their own nose.
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          • #6
            I'm betting the employees in the tax office were laughing about it around the coffee bar.
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            and lost …
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            • #7
              As I understand it, Florida law does not permit the sale of an owner occupied home for unpaid taxes. The taxes will be collected upon the sale of the home or the death of the owner.

              This is the peril and the lie of Property Taxes. As long as the government can tax property that you supposedly own, you don't really own it. If the government can take it, then you don't own it. All property taxes should be done away with and replaced by a sales tax. This accomplishes a couple of things, perhaps most notably that the people who collect the most in public school services will actually be paying taxes to that end.
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              And day's at the morn;
              Morning's at seven;
              The hill-side's dew-pearled;
              The lark's on the wing;
              The snail's on the thorn:
              God's in his heaven—
              All's right with the world!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Novaheart View Post
                As I understand it, Florida law does not permit the sale of an owner occupied home for unpaid taxes. The taxes will be collected upon the sale of the home or the death of the owner.

                This is the peril and the lie of Property Taxes. As long as the government can tax property that you supposedly own, you don't really own it. If the government can take it, then you don't own it. All property taxes should be done away with and replaced by a sales tax. This accomplishes a couple of things, perhaps most notably that the people who collect the most in public school services will actually be paying taxes to that end.
                It's been fun watching your views on taxation evolve.
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