Widow owed county $6.30 in unpaid interest.

They sold her home from under her.

She sued.

She lost.

Me? I’d sue the County into bankruptcy and go after the judge for his law license. Prick.

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.”

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3 Responses to WHAT SAY YOU?

  1. bobf says:

    I wonder who is wanting the house and property and just what connection the lawyer in a black robe has to them.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    Rush Limbaugh did like a lot of successful people, and moved to Florida.
    The liberals in Florida conspired to screw him in the ass. They failed to
    send his property tax notification. With days to spare, a conservative
    notified him that he was about to lose his property.

    The great thing about a multi-millionaire is that he can cut a check in a
    heartbeat. He would have lost his property due to a liberal conspiracy!
    It makes you wonder why a Democrat owner of a basketball team is in
    jeopardy of losing his team after liberals falsely accused him of being a

    Under My Bus:

  3. Dan says:

    Whatta ya mean “I’d sue”….. What good would that do.
    Yhe same corrupt system that stole this womans house
    would be hearing the suit…..if it was allowed to even make
    it i to court. The system is corrupt, bought and paid for and
    it isn’t here to serve Joe Citizen. It exists to keep the little guy
    In his place and enrich the select few who are in power.

    Want justice…..hunt down EVERONE involved in this from the
    Judge right down to the clerk who prepared the paperwork
    needed to formalize this government theft and KILL THEM.

    THAT is justice…..anything that does not involve pain and
    suffering on their part means no justice occurred.

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