Judge OKs Sale of Widow's House Over $6.30 in Unpaid Interest
A judge has approved the 2011 sale of a Pennsylvania widow's house, finding that she had received ample notice about the $6.30 in tax interest that she still owed.
Battisti's western Pennsylvania home, valued at $280,000, was sold at
auction for $116,000. The money will go to her if she loses her next
appeal in the state's Commonwealth Court and has to move out of the
paid everything, and didn't know about the $6.30," Battisti told the
Associated Press. "For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is
Battisti says her husband handled all the paperwork on the house until he died in 2004.
despite the tiny amount of money in play, Beaver County Common Pleas
Judge Gus Kwidis ruled against Battisti because the county tax assessor
gave her appropriate written notice that it planned to sell her home.
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."
Beaver County Solicitor Joe Askar was sympathetic, but said the judge got the case right based on the letter of the law.
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
The buyer of the house hasn't publicly commented on the case.
Edited by tatee - Apr 29 2014 at 11:48am