Woman Loses Home Over $6.30

Pennsylvania woman paid her taxes six days late and interest was added.

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By Kara Seymour

A judge has ruled against a western Pennsylvania widow whose house was auctioned over $6.30 of unpaid interest, the Associated Press reported.

Judge Gus Kwidis ruled that the county’s tax claim bureau complied with legal notification requirements before Eileen Battisti's $280,000 home was auctioned in 2011, the AP reported.

In the decision, Kwidis turned down Battisti's request to reverse the sale of her home. Battisti plans to appeal the decision.

The property sold for about $116,000, the AP reported, however Battisti still lives in the home. She told the AP her husband, who passed away in 2004, handled all the paperwork for the home.

Battisti told the AP she didn’t know about the $6.30. But the judge said evidence indicates otherwise. 

"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, according to the AP article. "Moreover, on Aug. 12, 2011, a notice of sale was sent by first class mail and was not returned."

USA Today reported that the dispute was over school district taxes, penalties and interest for 2008. The newspaper reported that Battisti paid the taxes in May 2009, but because the payment was six days late $6.30 in interest was added.

Battisti claims she was not notified and the overdue interest, USA Today reported. The Beaver County Tax Claim Bureau states she was delinquent $234.72 when the home was sold in 2011.

The newspaper reported that Battisti paid the home off after her husband died, but struggled keeping up with the household finances and paperwork.

ReaditandSpeak May 24, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Waaa waa waaa. She was given plenty of notice. The government is stupid in this case? She's the one who didn't pay $6.30.
nascarblue May 26, 2014 at 07:44 AM
Really?? $6.30, he loses her home, shook car of all the paperwork, now the house, no one could give her a break? sad I agree with you Robert Haskin, no more needs to be said, now throw her out in the streets, to all the government employees involved in this you should be ashamed of your selves, like the old saying, the but for the grace of God goes yourself, "Karma"
lynne castanzo June 16, 2014 at 03:54 PM
For all the hippocrits that are in support for this woman, why don't you sit outside court every day and pay for all the fines of all the people who choose NOT to pay it for themselves?
lynne castanzo June 16, 2014 at 03:55 PM
SHE chose not to pay $6.30, why isn't SHE the idiot??
Sara Bloom June 17, 2014 at 09:10 PM
Those delinquent tax notices come with a return receipt. You have to sign for them. If she signed a piece of green cardboard on the line with the x then she has no case. Still $6.30 is such a paltry sum to lose your house over, judge could have declared leniency and ordered her to pay the $234.72, if she could have gotten to court before the house was sold. It's tough sometimes for widows to make sense of their deceased husband's financial records, so I do feel her pain.


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