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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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." 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.

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where are the armed "Patriots," now?

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2014-04-29 02:34 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Maybe she should pick up a dead calf and see if she can find a TV camera.

#2 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-04-29 03:56 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

No one in this whole process had the decency to open their own wallets and save her home?

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2014-04-29 07:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

"where are the armed "Patriots," now?"

Exactly. Bundy owes $1,000,000 but the "Patriots" defend his right to free load but this lady was $6.30 in arrears and no one shows up to defend her rights and her property from the Big Government.
I honestly do hope the appeals court recognized the injustice in this and finds in her favor. Every state should pass a law that basically says that if some small amount of money and some technicality allows someone to steal your house or business or any other property.....that judges should have the right to say B.S. and let you pay that small amount of money and move on with your life retaining the property you paid for.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2014-04-29 07:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

.... No...They Don't Teach "Common Sense" in Law School!

**** Because of course that shrewd Judge knows just how vitally IMPORTANT that $6.30 is to the State.That the State may now have to pay Eileen Battisti $Thousands in "Assistance" is a whole nother can of worms!

#5 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-04-29 07:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

The newly minted Pea-Party hero Cliven Bundy has $1,000,0000 that he did not earn, he could easily buy this home, from the tax-sale buyer for 280,000 and become a real hero to folks on both sides ..or not
What say you Mr Bundy ???
Sammy in Arizona and Rhode Island

#6 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-04-29 08:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

sorry one to many zeroes

#7 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-04-29 08:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Saw a picture of her frowning and thought "What a phoney!" Being maybe cute and tossing your hair works less as you get older. A grown woman looking for pity seems manipulative to the max.

She ignored the debt though she even signed acknowledging it. They'll never screw me over about $6.30 so I safely can ignore this I'm sure she assumed.

Wrong.

#8 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-04-29 08:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

I should have added that in Rhode Island, years ago, they had an incident like this, when a older lady almost lost her home for not paying her sewer bill. Since then a new law was passed, when ever a home is to go up for tax sale for just a small amount the city or town has to first contact the good folks at "Rhode Island Housing" who send councilors to help the folks, and as a lest resort Rhode Island Housing pays the bill for the folks and takes ownership of the home until the original owners re-pay them ... effectively stopping a tax-sale

#9 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-04-29 09:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

That is pure --------.

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-29 09:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Capitalism baby.

#11 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-04-29 09:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

#9. Absolutely the property owner needs contacted and evaluated when only small amounts of tax are due on what heretofore was a reliable taxpayer. This is an example of government that doesn't serve the people. Meanwhile they'll let politically connected real estate investors sand bag the real estate assessment system for years never having their often significant tax obligation paid up.

The system has become dirty and corrupted up to the top where double standards are standard mo. This is one reason that property tax is such a regressive, subjective and unfair system for those that typically represent the most responsible element of society. It is even worse for seniors.

#12 | Posted by Robson at 2014-04-29 10:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Capitalism baby.

#11 | Posted by Shawn

No, government, Shawn. Did Exxon do this?

#13 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-30 12:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

Lol. You are deluding yourself. The government is capitalist; run out of wall st. And this is the actions of the wall st. gang.

#14 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-04-30 12:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

Shawn,

I think it would be helpful if you could define the word 'capitalist' as you understand it to be.

I am not trying to pick on you. It's just that if your understanding of that label is different than how your opponent understands it - well....meaningful dialogue is impossible.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-04-30 12:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Bundy owes $1,000,000 but the "Patriots" defend his right to free load but this lady was $6.30 in arrears and no one shows up to defend her rights and her property from the Big Government."

I showed up enough to start the thread, Danni. I am also a patriot, as you might be at least twice a day.
I have also posted Bundy owes the gov money and his claims shrink before that basic fact. Ask Sully.
Stop assigning views to people they have not put forth....and make some shrimp/cilantro eggs in the morning to start off with a much more 'manana' view of the coming day.

#16 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-30 02:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

She was sent multiple notices and the sale was published, did she think they were joking? At any point she could have paid the 6 bucks and stopped the process, she chose not to.

#17 | Posted by kersh at 2014-04-30 08:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

At some point common sense needs to trump everything else.

The government stealing a woman's house over $6 is absolutely asinine.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-04-30 08:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

She was sent multiple notices and the sale was published, did she think they were joking? At any point she could have paid the 6 bucks and stopped the process, she chose not to.

#17 | POSTED BY KERSH

Agreed, it's not a lot of money and she should have paid it.

But to take her house to pay for that 6 bucks? That's not the least bit excessive to you?

#19 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-04-30 09:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

I suspect a case of depression in her, Lohocla. Her husband died and she stopped seeing reality I'd bet.
If that's the case, she might have another angle to fight it.

#20 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-04-30 10:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

Some campaign contributor got a $280K house for less than half price. I'm sure he'll give the judge a nice cut of the action.

#21 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-04-30 10:50 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Capitalism baby.

#11 | Posted by Shawn

Capitalism is taking someone's house for six bucks in TAXES?

#22 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 11:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Lol. You are deluding yourself. The government is capitalist; run out of wall st. And this is the actions of the wall st. gang.

#14 | Posted by Shawn

Try not to prove to everyone just how stupid that ,,,,,,,,,.

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 11:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

Some campaign contributor got a $280K house for less than half price. I'm sure he'll give the judge a nice cut of the action.

#21 | Posted by SomebodyElse

By god.............. I think you might have stumbled on to something there.

#24 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-04-30 11:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

I suspect a case of depression in her, Lohocla. Her husband died and she stopped seeing reality I'd bet.
If that's the case, she might have another angle to fight it.

#20 | POSTED BY DIABLO

That's what I was thinking as well.

I started to mention it but took it out, figuring kersh would focus on that instead of the actual question of whether taking a 280k home for a 6 dollar debt, regardless of the reason why she didn't pay it, was excessive or not.

Kudo's for you bringing it up though.

Loh

#25 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-04-30 11:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

Cases like this should be presented before a judge. These cases almost always involve an elderly person, someone with some type of mental issue, or both. These are some of our population that our society needs to protect the most.

#26 | Posted by macherni at 2014-04-30 12:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

The sale took place nearly 3 yrs ago. What the heck's been going on since then?

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#27 | Posted by Dave at 2014-05-01 07:57 AM | Reply | Flag:

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