Judge: Widow's Home Can Be Sold Over $6 Tax Bill
He upholds decision that saw $280K home auctioned off
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2014 3:08 AM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2014 6:30 AM CDT
The home of Eileen Battisti is seen in her neighborhood in Aliquippa, Pa.    (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania judge says he feels bad for a widow whose $280,000 home was sold at tax auction over an unpaid $6.30 bill, but he's not going to reverse the decision. Eileen Battisti had sought to reverse the 2011 sale of the home she still lives in, arguing that she hadn't received proper notifications about the sale or the $6.30 in late fees that led to it, the AP reports. The judge, however, found that there was no doubt that notification requirements had been met and she had "actual receipt" of the sale notification. "In tax assessment laws, even if I feel sorry for her, I can't do anything to help her," he explained after the ruling. "Everyone felt bad about it."

"It's bad—she had some hard times, I guess her husband kind of took care of a lot of that stuff," says the county's chief solicitor, who believes the judge got the decision right. The house was sold for $116,000 and Battisti will get most of that money if further appeals fail. The widow, who has continued to pay taxes on the property during the legal process, says she plans to fight the case until her dying day. "Yes, I had issues. I'm a widow. I'm raising three kids on my own, trying to put them through college," she tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Yes, it took me a while to get the bills, but I pay my bills. To steal a house for $6 is ludicrous." She says the man who bought the home at auction has told her she can buy it back—for $260,000.

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sixhonestservingmen
May 1, 2014 2:02 AM CDT
THE LAW WAS MADE FOR ONE THING ALONE, FOR THE EXPLOITATION OF THOSE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND IT - BERTOLT BRECHT, The Threepenny Opera Unfortunately, our ignorance as people, that is clearly encouraged, means we will never come to realize why only a few are able to be in a 'position' to not pay tax, particularly when we've read remarks to the effect of - TAXES ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. What is it that the few know, and that the little people as 'peasants' can't see and come to realize, when it comes to their 'position' with regards to taxes? The simple answer maybe found, part way down the source document linked, under the subtitled heading - 'SEQUENCE OF DOING BUSINESS USING WRITTEN INSTRUMENTS AS CONTRACTS', SOURCE DOCUMENT: THE BUSINESS OF KNOWING YOUR PLACE http://thereisnodebt.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/the-business-of-knowing-your-place/
Smellthecoffee
Apr 30, 2014 8:10 AM CDT
This judge is clearly a Jackass. I hope he gets mugged and severely beaten for $ 6.30.
Lefty_Libby
Apr 29, 2014 10:56 PM CDT
Somehow she must have thought that the $6.30 was included in the tax payments she continued to make on the house.