Judge Approves Sale Of Pennsylvania Widow's Home After She Failed To Pay $6.30 Tax Interest Charge

 @TreyeGreen t.green@ibtimes.com on April 29 2014 9:05 PM

A Pennsylvania woman is continuing her fight to stay in her home after she failed to pay the $6.30 in tax interest owed on the home.

Last week, a judge approved the September 2011 sale of Eileen Battisti's home, located outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania, reports AP. Valued at $280,000, the home was sold at auction for $116,000. 

"I 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 crazy."

According to Battisti, her husband managed all the paperwork related to the home until his  2004 death. And though she says she was unaware of the interest charge, Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis ruled that a county tax accessor provided Battisti a proper written notice to inform her that it was planning to sell her home. 

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

The funds from the 2011 sale will go to Battisti if she loses her final appeal in Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court and is forced to move out of the home.

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