Judge Rules Against Pa. Widow Who Lost Home Over $6.30

The Beaver County woman says she plans to appeal the decision to the Commonwealth Court.

By Kara Seymour

A Western Pennsylvania widow whose house was auctioned over $6.30 of unpaid interest said she plans to appeal a judge’s decision to the Commonwealth Court theAssociated Press reported.

Last week, Beaver County Common Pleas 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. 

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."


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